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Ontario Helps Open IBM Data Centre in Barrie

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Ontario Helps Open IBM Data Centre in Barrie

McGuinty Government Marks Milestone in Partnership

Ontario's technology industry is getting a boost with the opening of a $90-million data centre in Barrie that will create 20 highly skilled jobs in Barrie.

The new IBM Canada Leadership Data Centre will support a landmark partnership between Ontario, Canada, IBM, and seven Ontario universities to create a world-class virtual Research and Development Centre in Ontario and create 145 jobs.

The energy-efficient data centre allows IBM to provide advanced data storage space, security and disaster recovery services. In time, the centre will include 'cloud' computing capabilities to help support ongoing research initiatives at the IBM Canada Research and Development Centre.

This project is another example of Ontario's continued success in attracting leading-edge innovation and R&D projects and reflects the province's draw as an investment destination for complex data centre infrastructure.

Providing the right climate to attract investment and build business is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create jobs and strengthen the economy. A strong economy protects the services that mean most to families -- health care and education.

Quick Facts

  • In 2010, the information and communications technology sector employed more than 270,000 people in Ontario, almost half of the Canadian total.
  • Ontario and IBM Canada are partnering with several leading Ontario universities to create a world-class virtual Research and Development Centre in Ontario. The project adds to IBM's more than $6-billion global R&D investment last year that helped generate more than $1.7 billion in exports for Canada.
  • IBM opened its first Canadian office in Ontario in 1917. Today, its software development lab in Markham is home to the largest team of IBM software professionals outside the United States.

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“I’m very pleased to see the progress being made on this unprecedented research partnership. This initiative has the potential to significantly improve how we address key challenges in health care, infrastructure and cities, energy, and water conservation while utilizing Ontario’s best resource — our people.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Economic Development and Innovation

“Canadian organizations are seeking more strategic ways to increase operational efficiencies and position themselves for sustainable growth. We continue to invest in smarter infrastructure within Canada because businesses can’t afford downtime with today’s economic pressures. This new facility provides a flexible foundation ingrained in best-practices so we can deliver essential services to help organizations and partners better manage data, reduce operating costs, improve productivity and gain competitive advantage.”

John Lutz

President, IBM Canada

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