May 7, 2014 by On-Site Magazine
Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MTS), together with its subsidiary EPIC Information Solutions, unveiled plans for its new data centre during an official groundbreaking ceremony on May 6. The EPIC Data Centre, located at 1450 Waverley Street in Winnipeg, will be the first of its kind in Manitoba and provide data centre solutions and cloud services to Manitoba businesses as well as organizations across North America. It is expected to be operational and hosting customers by mid-2015.
“This will be Manitoba’s most sophisticated and most reliable multi-tenant data centre,” said MTS Allstream chief executive officer Pierre Blouin. “By building the data centre from the ground up, we have total control over its location, capacity and design. The data centre will provide highly reliable and secure data centre space and IT services for our customers.”
The 64,000-square-foot building will house advanced IT equipment for MTS and EPIC customers and be equipped with the latest in reliable and efficient power and cooling systems. The facility is designed to meet stringent Uptime Institute Tier III reliability standards, will be equipped with sophisticated power back-up and management systems, and will have multiple connections to MTS’s high-capacity telecommunications networks.
One of the Company’s priorities was also to build a data centre that will have the highest standard of environmental design and operations. The EPIC Data Centre is being built in accordance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. The design calls for advanced cooling techniques that help decrease energy consumption and cooling costs by as much as 70 per cent.