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Telus launches $65M Rimouski Internet data centre

January 24, 2013 - Telus has opened its new $65 million Intelligent Internet data centre in Rimouski, Que., announcing it will invest an additional $13 million in added IT infrastructure to bring “world-class cloud-based solutions” to provincial and Canadian businesses. Claiming to be over 80% more energy-efficient than traditional data centres, the new facility boasts maximum reliability and security.


January 24, 2013
By Alyssa Dalton

“Telus wants to contribute to Canada’s and Quebec’s competitiveness by offering world-class managed cloud-based solutions that will enable businesses to focus on their core activities, while providing business agility, helping to align IT with business strategy, and providing significant cost savings,” said the telecommunications company.

“This is another significant investment for Telus in Quebec, building on the $12.3 billion since 2000 that has enabled our presence to be felt in every corner of the province,” said François Gratton, president of Telus Quebec and Atlantic Canada. “With our new Internet Data Centre, companies can now harness the power of managed hosting and cloud computing solutions that are not only reliable, secure and flexible, but also hosted, managed and delivered in Canada.”

For the construction of its new building, Telus teamed up with Skanska, a data-centre construction company, as well as with Callisson, Cosentini and Inertech.

Its design
The new Telus Tier III design-certified centre is the first Telus Internet data centre built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standards. It also earned a 1.15 Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating. Some key features of the data centre:

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• The Telus Intelligent Internet data centre is connected to the company’s national IP network and is interconnected with major data centres across the country, boasting the most advanced and locally diversified IT infrastructure in Canada.
• Telus chose to build its data centre in Rimouski for its appropriate weather climate allowing more efficient cooling. In fact, Telus anticipates that the Rimouski Centre will require only 40 hours per year of cooling via mechanical systems.
• The Intelligent Internet Data Centre features a closed-loop cooling system to aim in operating efficiency. According to Telus, the system is the first of its kind in the world and is 180 times more efficient than that of a traditional cooling plant.
• The data centre relies on cutting edge flywheel technology for backup in case of a power failure. Should a power disruption occur at the centre, the flywheels continue to turn due to the force of inertia.