Calgary Data Center Announced By Shaw Communications

Shaw Communications will open its first Canada data center this fall.

Canadian telecommunications company Shaw Communications announced mid-July it would be opening a Calgary data center in the fall of 2015 with the help of ViaWest. This will be the company's first Canada data center.

Shaw Communications hopes that the Calgary data center will provide hybrid infrastructure solutions to U.S.-based and Canada-based customers alike. The facility will cover 40,000 square feet of data center real estate and help the company launch their hybrid solutions, including cloud computing and colocation.

"Businesses across the country are becoming increasingly reliant on more complex, and always-on applications to interact with their customers, which requires an increased level of IT resource costs and support," said Ron McKenzie, the senior vice president of Shaw Communications

The company purchased U.S.-based data center and colocation services provider ViaWest in 2014. ViaWest operates 28 data centers in the U.S., including a 9 MW Minnesota data center that offers 70,000 square feet of raised-floor computing space and three Oregon data centers totaling around 188,000 square feet. In total, ViaWest offers over 800,000 square feet of computing space.

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