Telus will invest $33 million in a new data center in Laval, Quebec, which will be designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and Tier III reliability. The 44,500 square foot facility will have six mega-volt-amps (MVA) of power capacity, and take advantage of Quebec's cold climate to use “free cooling” (air-side economizers) for two thirds of the year.
“This investment in Quebec will support our clients' growing need for more powerful IT infrastructure while having one of the lowest carbon footprints of all data centres in North America," said Karen Radford, president of Telus Québec. Telus is very proud to be leading the way to a healthier and greener future for our team members and our customers in Quebec, and around the world.”
Telus has begun retrofitting the existing structure in Laval, and plane to open the facility in 2010. Telus currently operates eight data centers across Canada.