Rogers to expand Edmonton and Calgary data centres
Yesterday Rogers Communications announced the expansion of its data centre business in Western Canada and a new operating unit, Rogers Data Centres. Rogers Data Centres launches today with a newly expanded data centre in Edmonton and confirmed plans to open a Western Canada flagship data centre in Calgary in January 2014.
“Our new data centre offerings in Alberta present a significant growth opportunity in Western Canada’s business-to-business market,” said AJ Byers, President, Rogers Data Centres. “We have experienced strong demand for data centre services in Western Canada, and the two expansions announced today are the core platform allowing us to deliver enhanced data centre, cloud and managed technology services to Alberta’s thriving business community.”
Rogers Data Centres now operates in 14 locations across the country, servicing over 870 small, medium, government and enterprise clients. The expanded Rogers Data Centres Edmonton facility adds approximately 6,000 square feet of newly-constructed raised floor space. Opening in January 2014, the flagship Calgary facility will offer 80,000 square feet of raised space, state-of-the-art and highly efficient cooling systems , world-class security measures, 24/7 support, and will meet Uptime Institute’s Tier III standards.
Earlier this year, Rogers Communications acquired BLACKIRON Data, Pivot Data Centres and Granite Networks to expand its data centre and cloud-based business solutions. The consolidation of these three data centre operations under the Rogers Data Centres umbrella establishes Rogers as a Canadian leader in data centre services.
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“In the past year, Rogers Business Solutions has taken significant steps to build and strengthen our position as a leader in data centre services in Canada,” said Terry Canning, SVP Rogers Business Solutions. “Combining data centre services with our extensive fibre network, and full suite of voice and data solutions allows us to enable businesses across the country to innovate and evolve in a dynamic and fast-paced market.”
The Rogers Data Centres expansion in Western Canada builds on a $700 million overall investment by Rogers in Alberta over the next four years announced earlier this year. Rogers Business Solutions is committed to strengthening the economy and communities in the West by driving growth in Alberta enterprise businesses with next generation business solutions, expanded data capacity and managed data and cloud services.
Rogers Business Solutions (RBS), operated by Rogers Communications Partnership, provides Canadian enterprises and partners with highly reliable network and data centre solutions, leveraging fibre, cable and wireless assets to support a range of leading-edge voice, data and networking solutions. Rogers Business Solutions owns and operates a transcontinental network with a 100 percent digital fibre optic backbone and strategic interconnect points to the United States and overseas for seamless cross-border and international coverage, and connects that network to its 14 data centres in 9 cities across the country. With an extensive customer base including commercial, government and financial enterprises, RBS offers scalable business communications services backed by a team of industry leading technical experts.
G7 Summit guide: What it is and what leaders hope to achieve
Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’ll have seen the term ‘G7’ plastered all over the Internet this week. We’re going to give you the skinny on exactly what the G7 is and what its purpose on this planet is ─ and whether it’s a good or a bad collaboration.
Who are the G7?
The Group of Seven, or ‘G7’, may sound like a collective of pirate lords from a certain Disney smash-hit, but in reality, it’s a group of the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies ─ the powerhouses of the world, if you like.
The merry band comprises:
- The United Kingdom
- The United States
Historically, Russia was a member of the then-called ‘G8’ but found itself excluded after their ever-so-slightly illegal takeover of Crimea back in 2014.
Since 1977, the European Union has also been involved in some capacity with the G7 Summit. The Union is not recognised as an official member, but gradually, as with all Europe-linked affairs, the Union has integrated itself into the conversation and is now included in all political discussions on the annual summit agenda.
When was the ‘G’ formed?
Back in 1975, when the world was reeling from its very first oil shock and the subsequent financial fallout that came with it, the heads of state and government from six of the leading industrial countries had a face-to-face meeting at the Chateau de Rambouillet to discuss the global economy, its trajectory, and what they could do to address the economic turmoil that reared its ugly head throughout the 70s.
Why does the G7 exist?
At this very first summit ─ the ‘G6’ summit ─, the leaders adopted a 15-point communiqué, the Declaration of Rambouillet, and agreed to continuously meet once a year moving forward to address the problems of the day, with a rotating Presidency. One year later, Canada was welcomed into the fold, and the ‘G6’ became seven and has remained so ever since ─ Russia’s inclusion and exclusion not counted.
The group, as previously mentioned, was born in the looming shadow of a financial crisis, but its purpose is more significant than just economics. When leaders from the group meet, they discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including injustice around the world, geopolitical matters, security, and sustainability.
It’s worth noting that, while the G7 may be made up of mighty nations, the bloc is an informal one. So, although it is considered an important annual event, declarations made during the summit are not legally binding. That said, they are still very influential and worth taking note of because it indicates the ambitions and outlines the initiatives of these particularly prominent leading nations.
Where is the 2021 G7 summit?
This year, the summit will be held in the United Kingdom deep in the southwest of England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosting his contemporaries in the quaint Cornish resort of Carbis Bay near St Ives in Cornwall.
What will be discussed this year?
After almost two years of remote communication, this will be the first in-person G7 summit since the novel Coronavirus first took hold of the globe, and Britain wants “leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.”
The three-day summit, running from Friday to Sunday, will see the seven leaders discussing a whole host of shared challenges, ranging from the pandemic and vaccine development and distribution to the ongoing global fight against climate change through the implementation of sustainable norms and values.
According to the UK government, the attendees will also be taking a look at “ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.”