IBM Opens Data Centre in Ontario

by Jordan Richardson on September 24, 2012

Along with the Government of Canada and the provincial government, IBM has opened a new data centre in Ontario. The IBM Canada Leadership Data Centre came about thanks to a $90 million investment from IBM and is expected to create at least 20 skilled jobs for its Barrie home initially, with more growth to follow.

The facility officially opened its doors on September 21.

The data centre is part of a $175 million investment IBM has made through the launch of its IBM Canada Research and Development Centre network. That project commenced in April of 2012 and is expected to generate at least 145 jobs while providing infrastructure to boost development initiatives and research. The Ontario government has ponied up $15 million to assist in this regard.

According to estimates, the amount of information managed by enterprises is expected to rise some 50 times over the next 10 years. The number of associated servers installed by organizations is expected to grow by at least 49 percent in the next two years, which means that more companies will be spending more money on information needs. 50 percent of Canadian organizations surveyed stated that providing data centre space and meeting subsequent customer demands related to data were among their top concerns, but the same organizations report spending at least 70 percent of their information technology budgets on accounting for that need.

“Canadian organizations are seeking more strategic ways to increase operational efficiencies and position themselves for sustainable growth,” said president of IBM Canada John Lutz. “We continue to invest in smarter infrastructure within Canada because businesses can’t afford downtime with today’s economic pressures. This new facility provides a flexible foundation ingrained in best-practices so we can deliver essential services to help organizations and partners better manage data, reduce operating costs, improve productivity and gain competitive advantage.”

The centre has 25,000 feet of capacity with the option to grow to 100,000 feet. This is the latest of IBM’s 17 existing data centres in Canada and builds on a $75 million investment in Markham and Montreal data centres that were installed last year.

“The progress of this unprecedented research partnership is wonderful to see. This project will help to improve how we deal with challenges in health care, infrastructure and cities, energy, and water conservation while making use of Ontario’s greatest resource – our people,” says Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Innovation for the provincial government.

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