As part of its continued expansion into Canada, IBM, along with the governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Barrie, announced the opening of a new smart data center, the IBM Canada Leadership Data Centre.
The Barrie, Ontario-based center is one of Canada’s most advanced computing facilities and it will focus on advancements in energy-efficient data center management, business continuity, resiliency, security and disaster recovery services to help organizations efficiently manage growth while reducing costs and securely mitigating risk, IBM said.
The data center represents a $90 million investment from IBM and will establish 20 skilled jobs in Barrie, as a portion of the $175 million IBM invested and 145 jobs created through the April 2012 launch of the IBM Canada Research and Development Centre network.
In time, the new data center is expected to provide key infrastructure and personnel to help underpin ongoing research and development initiatives tied to this network, IBM said. The IBM funding is supported through the Government of Ontario’s previous $15 million investment toward these initiatives.
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