Primus Business Services, a division of Primus Canada Inc., has announced that construction has begun on a new Data Centre in Markham Ontario which the company says is necessary to meet business demand in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

The first phase of the 30,000 square foot GTA Data Centre initiative will be a 7,500 square foot pod that is built to LEED standards for environmental sustainability.

The Data Centre will include an innovative HVAC system that leverages free-air cooling and optimized air distribution to achieve a 50 per cent reduction in energy utilization over their current facility designs, and effectively eliminate the water usage and waste resulting from the HVAC plant that is used in most data centre designs today.

The new facility will be certified to the Uptime Institute’s Tier III Site specifications. In order to achieve this certification, the site must have multiple independent distribution paths serving the IT equipment, all IT equipment must be dual-powered and fully compatible with the topology of a site's architecture and include concurrently maintainable site infrastructure.