Urbacon Data Center Solutions announced that it has opened a fully leased data center in Richmond Hill, Ontario, backed by funds from the largest capital development network in Quebec—Fonds immobiliers de solidarité FTQ (Solidarity real estate funds).
DC1 is part of a five-facility digital campus in the Barker Business Park outside Toronto that will be developed in tandem with its customer growth. According to the company, groundbreaking has begun on DC2, but it did not announce the opening date.
DC1 can provide 10MW of power capacity and capable of reaching an ultra-low PUE of 1.1 or less, according to the company.
Using a patented free air cooling system that draws cold air from outside using a rotating wheel made out of corrugated aluminum that absorbs and then rejects server heat, the campus’ potential once built out to 500,000 square feet will offer up to 80MW of power.
Additionally, white space will become available in a new state-of-the-art data center in downtown Montreal on July 1, for which the Quebec financier is also a partner. Built as an 43,000-square foot extension to an existing four-story building, it is the first purpose-built dedicated colocation facility to be open within Montreal’s financial district.
“The Canadian market provides unique opportunities to international companies with its lower dollar and security advantages over the US,” Marco Mancini, president of UDCS, said in a statement. “With facilities in both Montreal and Richmond Hill, UDCS and FTQ are creating a Canadian data center eco-system right in the heart Canada’s high-tech corridor.”