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Canadian Automobile Association Calls On Q9 For More Energy Efficient Data Center Solution

January 06
08:48 2010

Web Host NewsTORONTO – Q9 Networks Inc. (Q9) today announced that it has been selected by the Canadian Automobile Association South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) to provide a comprehensive data center co-location solution. CAA SCO is the largest CAA organization in Canada and provides numerous mission-critical services to its 1.8 million members, including 7×24 emergency roadside assistance, travel services and home and auto insurance protection.

CAA SCO is consolidating its IT infrastructure from four data centers, two internal facilities and two external facilities, into a single Q9 data center with failover infrastructure at a second Q9 facility. In addition to secure physical space, Q9 is providing CAA SCO with highly reliable electrical power, bandwidth and 7×24 monitoring to ensure the highest levels of performance and reliability for all of its business systems.

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By co-locating with Q9, CAA SCO eliminates the complexity of managing multiple facilities and suppliers, reduces costs and is better able to manage its power consumption.

“Q9 sells its co-location services based on a power reservation model that gives us an incentive to understand and closely manage the power draw of our IT assets,” says CAA SCO Chief Operating Officer, Jay Woo. “Q9’s customer portal gives us the tools to do so by providing real-time insight into our power utilization. The model helps us reduce power usage and cost while upholding our commitment to energy efficiency as a socially responsible organization.”

“There are hundreds, if not thousands, of inefficient internal data centers in organizations across Canada that can benefit from our power model,” says Q9 Chief Executive Officer, Osama Arafat. “We have installed telemetry on the electrical circuits in our data centers, allowing each of our customers to know exactly how much power they are using. It’s something we pioneered and we believe the benefits are enormous, not just for individual organizations but for industry as a whole. CAA SCO is one of an increasing number of leading organizations that understand the benefits of large, highly efficient data centers that provide transparency into their use of limited resources like power.”

Q9 designs, builds and operates its data centers to meet the most demanding IT infrastructure requirements, including the increased power and cooling demands of today’s high density computing devices.

Customers connect to the Internet via Q9’s unique network and are protected by Q9’s 100 per cent, SLA-backed uptime guarantees on both power and network availability. Customer equipment and data center environmental parameters are monitored 7×24 by Q9’s Control Center, staffed by experts versed in all aspects of IT and facilities management.

About Q9 Networks
Q9 Networks is a leading Canadian provider of outsourced data center infrastructure for organizations with mission-critical IT operations. Q9’s data centers and network are backed by an industry leading SLA which guarantees 100 per cent network and power availability. Q9 managed services, including: bandwidth, dedicated servers, firewalls, load balancing, virtual private networking (VPN) and back-up/restore, enable the rapid provisioning and scalability of client infrastructure.

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