IBM today confirmed that it will work with Rackforce Corp. to develop a large new high-density data center in British Columbia. A newly-launched Rackforce company, GigaCenters, will be building a 150,000 square foot green data center with expertise from IBM. The new facility will be the largest data center in Canada and among the most efficient large-scale data centers in the world.
While today's announcement didn't cite specific density goals, previous reports about the project suggest the facility will be able to accommodate power loads of up to 700 watts per square foot.
"Our intention is to build a data center in a safe and secure location to respond to a growing concern around disaster recovery requirements caused by natural events such as earthquakes and floods," said Tim Dufour, president of RackForce. "We knew there was an opportunity to provide North American companies with a data center that could do all of this. Working with IBM as part of a comprehensive Green Data Center approach, we were able to design the facility to optimize power usage."