Shaw starts construction on new energy-efficient data centre
July 25, 2011 - Shaw Communications Inc. claims its new data centre in Calgary, Alta., will provide a power boost to the company’s next-generation broadband technology. According to Shaw, construction on the centre started this month and is scheduled to be completed in spring 2014.
By Alyssa Dalton
“In a digital world, there is no question that customers are looking for unparalleled connectivity and power,” said Peter Bissonnette, president, Shaw Communications. “We’re already delivering unparalleled speeds with our newly announced Internet packages, but we know technology doesn’t stand still. Shaw’s new data centre will ensure we’re able to stay ahead of the technology curve with an energy efficient infrastructure that is able to handle new innovations as they come.”
The construction of the centre incorporates “free cooling,” according to company which it explained will allow Shaw to cool the data centre without “heavily relying on traditional air conditioning.”
“In the last year Shaw eliminated 5,176 tons of carbon by using renewable wind energy in three of their buildings – an equivalence of taking more than 900 cars off the road,” it continued.
“Sustainability is top of mind at Shaw,” added Bissonnette. “In recent years we have introduced several processes that manage our impact on the environment – from vendor selection to building practices, including LEED certification, and vehicle choices. We’re proud to be making responsible decisions.”