Q9 Invests $50M in Calgary Expansion

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Canadian data center service provider Q9 Networks Inc. has acquired a building and property in Calgary, Alberta to house its third data center in the city, the company said this week. Q9 invested $20 million in purchasing the propety, and will invest up to $30 million more to build out an initial capacity of 1,200 cabinet equivalents. The first phase of the facility will to open in the summer of 2009.

Q9’s plans for the new Calgary facility call for a total capacity of more than 10,000 cabinet equivalents at completion, with sections being brought online in phases. The data center represents Q9’s largest initial investment in a single facility to date, and comes just over a year since Q9 opened its second Calgary data centre.


The data center’s infrastructure will features as outside air cooling to maximize energy efficiency, biometric security systems, redundant power, HVAC and fire suppression systems and 7×24 on-site security.

“Today’s announcement represents our commitment to maintaining and growing our leadership position in the Calgary market,” said Osama Arafat, Chief Executive Officer, Q9 Networks. “With this investment, we are demonstrating to our customers that we can grow along with them for the foreseeable future. We are excited by the opportunity this expansion represents, and look forward to continuing to serve this market with state-of-the-art facilities and services.”

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. Jason Becker

    As a Canadian and resident of Calgary I hope that some of their investment goes into an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering like that provided by Terremark and BlueLock. IaaS just doesn't appear on the radar up here - it would be nice to have a Canadian option to reduce the (perceived) risk of the Patriot Act. Cheers