MTS to build cloud-computing data centre

Martin Cash| Winnipegfreepress

MTS is getting into the cloud computing business. The Manitoba telco announced it’s building a $50-million, 70,000-square-foot multi-tenant data centre in Manitoba.

It will be the only custom-built commercial data centre of this size in the province. It is expected to open in 2015, positioning MTS to become a leading provider of server colocation, managed hosting and cloud services in Manitoba.

“Our business customers are increasingly using cloud computing to store and process ever-expanding amounts of data,” Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. CEO Pierre Blouin, said in a prepared statement. “With this state-of-the-art data centre, MTS will be able to deliver world-class solutions to Manitoba businesses, fulfilling an important and growing business need.”

This is MTS’s second significant expansion into the IT space this year.

MTS acquired Winnipeg-based EPIC Information Solutions earlier this year. EPIC will provide the skills and expertise needed to effectively operate the new data centre.

Construction of the new data centre is scheduled to begin in 2014, with plans to be fully operational in 2015.

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