SaskTel awarded Graham Construction the contract to build the data centre which has a tentative completion date of Q4 2016. The design has been certified by the Uptime Institute as meeting all Tier III requirements such as concurrently maintainable electrical and mechanical components and multiple independent distribution paths serving dual-powered IT equipment that will be fully compatible within the typology of the site’s architecture.
“These are world class facilities that are outfitted with cutting edge technology to deliver services with the security, availability and assurance that business customers today demand from their technology partners,” said Jim Reiter, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “SaskTel has been providing data centre services to external customers for over 13 years, and today, SaskTel hosts government, corporate, and private customers from throughout North America.”
SaskTel also recently opened a new Tier II Data Centre in Regina that will offer a highly available, secure and stable operating environment for businesses IT infrastructure. Although the facility is designed to Tier II standard it has several redundant attributes providing power, cooling, and power generation. With SaskTel Data Centre services, such as Managed Hosting and Colocation, businesses will benefit from a secure Data Centre environment and IT infrastructure management ensuring that their critical data is kept safe and secure.
The addition of the new Tier III Data Centre in Saskatoon will significantly increase SaskTel’s data centre capacity. SaskTel currently has a total of 31,088 square feet in 6 different data centre locations with 4 locations in Regina and 2 in Saskatoon. The new facility will consist of 24,000 square feet of building area including an initial 9,650 square foot data hall, expandable up to 30,000 square feet and an additional 4,630 square feet for the second floor generator rooms.
SaskTel (sasktel.com) is the leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider in Saskatchewan, with over $1.2 billion in annual revenue and over 1.4 million customer connections including over 618,000 wireless accesses, 437,000 wireline network accesses, 258,000 Internet accesses and over 103,000 maxTV™ subscribers. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries offer a wide range of ICT products and services including competitive voice, data and Internet services, wireless data services, maxTV services, data centre services, cloud-based services, security monitoring services, advertising services, and international software and consulting services. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs).