Guelph Data Centre Is Leader In Energy Efficiency And Security
McGuinty Government Creating Jobs, Boosting Local Economy
Ontario's new data centre officially opened today. The centre will help better protect important government data, provided about 400 construction jobs and creates 30 new, good jobs in Guelph.
The new facility will strengthen security protection of sensitive and personal information, and ensure important government services such as health card, driver's licence and birth certification, and the OPP dispatch system continue to be available, even during a tornado or earthquake.
The building was also designed and built to meet energy conservation and environmental standards, featuring energy efficient lights, fans and cooling systems for the computer systems, and can reclaim heat from the cooling process to heat the building.
This initiative is part of the government's Open Ontario plan to create jobs and upgrade infrastructure to boost the local economy.
- The building was built according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
- The Guelph data centre is the first in the world to receive the Uptime Institute's Tier 4 certification for operational sustainability. Tier 4 is an internationally recognized, third-party certification for the level of uninterrupted reliability of the data centre supporting the information technology systems. Tier 4 centres have the highest level of reliability at 99.995 per cent.
“Ontarians expect their government to deliver the highest standard in security and reliability for the information technology systems that protect their information and support the services they depend on.”
Harinder S. Takhar
“The Ontario government's new data centre brings more permanent skilled jobs to Guelph and diversifies the employment base in our community.”