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    It's not easy being 'green', but Toronto Hydro Telecom helps lighten the load  


    October 10, 2007  

New data centre provides friendly approach to data storage

TORONTO, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - Toronto Hydro Telecom today announced the opening of its new data centre that provides Canadian organizations with a secure hosting environment for mission critical data and operations. This latest addition to the portfolio of enterprise offerings from Toronto Hydro Telecom is designed to support the growing needs for managed network services.

"We are committed to delivering on our promise of providing a powerhouse of enterprise network solutions for our customers," said Dave Dobbin, President, Toronto Hydro Telecom. "The opening of our data centre in Toronto is another step forward in offering businesses with an industry leading solution that will ensure peace of mind that all their corporate data is secure."

Ultimate security

"Keeping data secure is the ultimate concern within a collocation facility and Toronto Hydro Telecom has equipped its site with world-leading safety precautions, to effectively guard against all forms of cybercrime and minimize the impact of any natural disasters," says Iain Grant, Seaboard Group.

The data centre includes biometric access control, a multi-stage dry pipe fire suppression system, advanced environmental controls, and a redundant UPS power and generator backup system to ensure the site is always up and running and protected against physical threats.

Toronto Hydro Telecom is the only network service provider in Toronto that can provide collocation supported by a 100 per cent 10 GigE Native Ethernet Network. The all-optical, multi-redundant network delivers to customers unparalleled network reliability, security and scalability. This wholly-owned fibre-based network feeds into the data centre through two separate and physically diverse fibre entry points which ensures absolute security.

The end-to-end network and data security provide Canadian medium to large organizations with reliable and scalable network and data security. For example, Christie Lites, a Toronto-based stage lighting business, experienced disruptions to its business due to repeated server downtime and data circuit instability. Christie Lites determined that in order to improve reliability and the security of its critical business and customer data, their hardware and network systems needed to be located in a facility with adequate space, enhanced security features, and more sophisticated back-up power support.

"With our high focus on our core business expertise - and not on server-friendly infrastructure, it was obvious that in order for our data and communications to be secure and reliable we needed to outsource to an organization that could provide us with the necessary support," said Paul Dhingra, Head of Information Management, Christie Lites. "Toronto Hydro Telecom's superior network management offerings and industry leading Service Level Agreements that ensure high level core network availability made them the natural choice for us."

Reducing the carbon footprint

In addition to this unique and secure environment, Toronto Hydro Telecom's collocation facility is the only one of its kind in Toronto that utilizes an interstitial raised floor. These multiple layers underneath the raised floor allow for the separation of power and communications cabling from air transmission space. Creating a far more efficient air flow allows Toronto Hydro Telecom to reduce the traditional number of air conditioning units with the associated reduction in energy consumption, and in turn provides a more environmentally friendly approach.

"Global warming is of serious concern to corporate Canada, yet organizations are unsure of how to minimize their carbon footprint. With CO2 emissions a key offender, reduction of electricity usage is an obvious area corporations can improve their 'green' standing. Toronto Hydro Telecom's data centre will help organizations take a step in the right direction towards becoming a more environmentally friendly enterprise," said Dobbin.

Vital Statistics

Toronto Hydro Telecom's Data Centre has a total hosting floor space of 20,000 square feet, residing in a 39,500 square foot building. Currently 4,907 square feet has been developed. Some of the features of the Data Centre include:

- 24x7x365 proactive monitoring, support and onsite security
- Industry leading SLA: 99.999% core network availability
- Speeds of 10Mbps to 1Gbps and beyond
- Enhanced physical security including biometric identification and
security card access
- N+1 Redundancy on Back up generation, HVAC and UPS systems
- Multi-homed upstream Internet connectivity
- Customized, scalable options for space leasing
- All cabling done by Toronto Hydro Telecom staff to ensure consistency
across data centre
- Remote assistance (on-demand)
About Toronto Hydro Telecom

Toronto Hydro Telecom Inc. is a data communications provider offering customers a suite of managed network services from connectivity, including Private Line and Ethernet MetroLAN, to value added services like Security and Storage. The company also offers its One Zone WiFi subscription services. With its fibre optic network and operations throughout Toronto, Toronto Hydro Telecom connects 490 commercial buildings within the city's downtown core and counts many of Canada's leading businesses and institutions among its clients. For more information about Toronto Hydro Telecom, the telecom subsidiary of Toronto Hydro Corporation, see and


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