TELUS to build $65 million Intelligent Internet Data Centre
Investment will provide local and international businesses with the highest levels of IT management reliability, security and scalability
Rimouski (Quebec) – TELUS today announced construction of a new $65 million Tier III* Intelligent Internet Data Centre in Rimouski. This new green facility, the first TELUS Internet Data Centre built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Standards, will significantly enhance TELUS’ IT management services to businesses in Quebec, Canada and internationally. The project affirms TELUS’ position as Canada’s leading provider of managed hosting solutions, according to a recent report by NBI/Michael Sone Associates.
The new facility will be a cornerstone in TELUS’ strategic shift in support of next-generation cloud computing and unified communications solutions. With this investment, TELUS expects to further provide Quebec clients with world class IT facilities and managed services – allowing them to focus on their core business and boosting their competitiveness.
“The new TELUS Intelligent Internet Data Centre will be a flagship facility; one of the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly purpose-built data centres of its kind in North America. It demonstrates our commitment to providing our business clients with the most powerful, innovative IT services. In fact, the data centre will meet their growing need for cloud computing solutions which are becoming a software and infrastructure management priority,” notes François Côté, president of TELUS Québec and TELUS Health Solutions. “Our latest investment coincides with the eve of our 85th anniversary in Quebec and is another example of TELUS’ major capital and operating investments in the province which now total $8.5 billion since 2000.”
Rimouski is an ideal location for TELUS’ Intelligent Internet Data Centre because of the city’s highly skilled and dynamic workforce. By choosing to build the facility in Rimouski, TELUS can also benefit from one of Quebec’s unique advantages, its hydroelectric power — an abundant source of green energy. Rimouski’s moderate climate also contributes to lower energy requirements for the building’s cooling and heating systems. Furthermore, locating the facility more than 250 kilometres from large city centres offers TELUS’ business clients the benefits of greater geographic diversity and improved business continuity.
“TELUS’ announcement today highlights one of Rimouski’s key missions: leveraging the information technology and communication sectors to advance its economy and knowledge base,” says ric Forest, Mayor of Rimouski. “As Rimouski’s largest private employer with more than 1,400 employees, TELUS has once again clearly proclaimed its role as a major catalyst of our city’s economic growth. Thanks to TELUS, Rimouski will become greener, more dynamic, and a world leader in technology.”
For the construction of this new facility, TELUS has selected Skanska, a global leader in the construction of data centres. The data centre, with a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)** of 1.15, should place TELUS at the forefront of the industry. In addition, the new data centre will have a modular design, enabling TELUS to rapidly expand capacity while using the most advanced and efficient technologies available.
Construction of the new TELUS intelligent Internet Data Centre is set to begin in the next few weeks with the opening scheduled for 2012. The new facility will be directly connected to the national TELUS IP network and interconnect into existing data centres across the country, creating the most advanced and regionally diverse computing infrastructure in Canada.
Clients will enjoy the benefits of a highly secure, world class service built to exemplary LEED Gold environmental standards.
The Internet Data Centre investment is consistent with TELUS’ consolidated capital expenditure target for 2011.
* The Uptime Institute’s classification system, an internationally recognized benchmark to assess the reliability of the data centres.
** Developed by The Green Grid consortium, the PUE indicator is an international reference used to qualify a data centre’s energy efficiency. It defines the ratio of energy theoretically required to operate the centre versus the amount of energy actually consumed by the computing equipment in use. The more efficiently the centre uses the energy necessary for its operations, the closer this ratio is to 1.
TELUS is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.9 billion of annual revenue and 12.3 million customer connections including 7 million wireless subscribers, 3.7 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and more than 350,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees will, by year-end 2011, have contributed $245 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Ten TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.