This article originally appeared at The WHIR
Shaw Communications announced it will offer enterprise cloud and data management services out of a new data center in Calgary beginning this fall. Shaw will offer cloud hosting, colocation, and managed services from its new 40,000 square foot facility to provide a range of hybrid options for business customers.
Shaw leveraged ViaWest in building the new data center, its first since it acquired the Colorado-based cloud and data center provider for $1.2 billion a year ago.
“Businesses across the country are becoming increasingly reliant on more complex, and always-on applications to interact with their customers, which requires an increased level of IT resource costs and support,” said Ron McKenzie, Senior Vice President, Shaw Business. “The launch of our new Calgary data centre will allow us to help organizations meet these expanding IT needs by providing fully configurable hybrid solutions that will simplify functions, manage costs and help our customers grow their business.”
The Calgary data center will operate with a projected power usage effectiveness of 1.4, high density pods for demanding customer applications, cutting edge power delivery equipment and energy efficient cooling, onsite security and multiple security zones, as well as customer workstations and meeting rooms. It will be used to offer solutions within the Canadian market, but also to extend ViaWest’s footprint to benefit its US customers.
Consumer telecommunication services have made up the majority of Shaw’s revenue in the past. More recently, ViaWest, and to a lesser extent the Shaw Business unit have had higher growth than the company’s consumer and media divisions, the Globe and Mail reports. ViaWest and Shaw Business make up roughly 15 percent of Shaw’s EBITDA, but the company reported a significant decrease in profit due to cable-cutting in June.