Fujitsu Canada is building its first data centre in Saskatchewan to strengthen its IT portfolio and expand its Web hosting and cloud computing presence.

The Tier III data centre will begin construction in late December or early January and cover up to 35,000 square feet of space. Full operation is expected sometime in 2014.

The facility will deliver cloud applications and managed Web hosting services for Canadian customers and international clients, in addition to serving as a backup location for its other data systems in the country.

André Pouliot, president, Fujitsu Canada, notes: "Our new facility in Saskatchewan underscores our commitment to the market and offers our customers flexible and enhanced services to meet the needs of today's global companies while at the same time creating high value jobs for the local economy."

He adds: "With the launch of this new facility, we are offering clear opportunities for all organizations, regardless of size or industry, to enhance the use of technology to improve efficiencies and significantly reduce costs."

Since Saskatchewan is known for its cold winters, Fujitsu plans to treat the climate as an asset by using external air temperature cooling within the new facility and adding other green IT equipment and features.

Fujitsu expanded its Web hosting operation in Canada by acquiring Regina-based IT hosting specialist, TMC in February 2012.

Globally, Fujitsu provides mission-critical support for more than 100 highly secure, fully redundant data centres covering more than one million square feet.

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