GigaCenter opens in Kelowna

July 17, 2009
by Purchasingb2b staff

Kelowna, BC—RackForce Networks Inc. has opened the first phase of its new multimillion-dollar GigaCenter in Kelowna, BC. The centre was designed to have 1/50th the carbon footprint of traditional data centres.

The green facility uses a scalable modular design and will support next-generation IT systems for customers worldwid. Data centers are often powered by coal-fired or natural gas plants, creating large amounts of emissions. The new GigaCenter will tap into BC’s abundant supply of clean hydroelectric power, according to the company.

"We built the GigaCenter here in Kelowna because it’s one of the most stable and eco-friendly areas in North America," said Tim Dufour, president and CEO of RackForce.

Kelowna has been identified as one of the best locations in North America to build a data center because of its stable geographic location, temperate climate and low risk of natural disaster. It’s also easily accessed through Kelowna’s international airport.

The first phase of the GigaCenter encompasses 2,700 square meters (30,000 square feet). Customers can secure space in increments as small as a single cabinet, up to dedicated rooms (called GigaVaults) ranging in size from 12 to more than 170 cabinets. An additional 10,800 square metres (120,000 square feet) is scheduled to be complete in 2011.

Built with IBM’s data center expertise, the RackForce GigaCenter uses innovative design features to support both current and future technologies, including data storage, high density blade servers, virtualized computing clusters and mainframe systems.