The project, to completed by spring 2013, will double the electrical footprint at iWeb's iWeb-CO data center

Web Host iWeb Starts Montreal Data Center Expansion Project

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Canadian web hosting provider iWeb announced on Wednesday that it has started an expansion project at its Nun’s Island colocation facility in Montreal.

The project, to completed by spring 2013, will double the electrical footprint to increase the data center’s hosting capacity from 600 kW to 1200 kW.

This expansion comes as iWeb is celebrating 16 years in business, and recently named Simon Rivard chief sales and marketing officer.

In a blog post, iWeb describes how the project will be completed: in two phases, and structured in a way that won’t impact its customers.

The initial phase of the project will see the replacement of all twelve air conditioning units by new “top of the line energy efficient units of higher capacity.” The units will use the cooler climate of Montreal to minimize energy consumption.

The second phase will install a fourth UPS, a third generator and upgrade the Hydro-Québec electrical entrance, according to the blog post.

iWeb says the first phase of the project will be completed by the end of this year, while the second phase will be wrapped up by spring 2013. A virtual tour of the existing structure is available on the iWeb website.

iWeb was ranked as Canada’s 82nd fastest growing company in the 24th annual PROFIT 200, having grown its revenue 605 percent from $8.8 million in 2007 to $35.5 million in 2011.

Recent research by Info-Tech Research Group shows that more than 64 percent of organizations in Canada currently engage in some form of colocation.

At the end of September, Canadian telecommunications provider Cogeco Cable announced that it would spend $100 million to build a 100,000-square-foot data center in Montreal. Set to open in 2014, the facility will provide hosting to its business customers.

Talk back: Have you embarked on any data center expansions or upgrades recently? Where have you focused your resources in the data center expansion project? Let us know in a comment.

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