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Free cooling: Hip or hype?

Computerworld Canada
Friday, March 20, 2009

With cooling systems eating up half your data centre dollars, it makes sense to slash your cooling costs any way you can. But can data centres use cold weather to their advantage? The case for, and against, free cooling

Skyrocketing energy costs and the corporate world's need to go green have compelled many data centre administrators to begin looking at new ways to cut their cooling and power spending.

On-Demand IT Governance Provider Innotas Expands Into Canada

Partners with Hosted Service Provider RackForce

Friday, March 13, 2009

San Francisco, CA - March 13, 2009 - Innotas, the only on-demand Project Portfolio Management (PPM) provider for IT Governance, has expanded its operations into Canada, the company announced today. As part of the expansion, Innotas also announced it has partnered with RackForce, one of North America's fastest growing hosted-service providers that operates its own fully equipped, state-of-the-art data centers and servers in southwestern Canada.

RackForce Adds Virtual Machine Manager

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

December 2, 2008 -- (WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) -- Under increasing pressure to manage its growing virtual environment, dynamic dedicated server provider RackForce (www.rackforce.com) has installed Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager to centralize and streamline the management of its virtual machines developed through Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.

Real Innovation - Building Canada's largest green data centre

Backbone Magazine
Monday, November 17, 2008

The early adopters in the green data centre market are generally companies that operate and run the facilities as their core source of revenue. In Canada, data centre firm RackForce is working with IBM on a new facility called gigaCentre, based in Kelowna, B.C.

2008 Business Excellence Recipients Announced

Kelowna Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, October 23, 2008

KELOWNA, BC - The recipients of the seven 2008 Business Excellence Awards were announced last evening (October 22) at the Delta Grand Okanagan Lakefront Resort as the 16 finalists, their guests and community leaders celebrated 21 years of business excellence in Kelowna.

Roger Sellick, former General Manager of Kelowna International Airport, was honoured as the 2008 Business Leader of the Year, the prestigious award sponsored by UBC Okanagan.

With Okanagan wine, add bits and bytes

Globe and Mail
Tuesday, October 7, 2008

British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, long known for its award-winning vineyards, picturesque golf courses and sparkling lakes, is bolstering its reputation with a decidedly unromantic venture - electronic data storage.

Thanks to its stable environment, abundant network bandwidth and proximity to a talented work force and cheap power, high-tech experts predict the Okanagan will become a major information storage shed for companies.

RackForce Launches DDS-V Based on Microsoft Hyper-V

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Kelowna, BC, Canada - RackForce Networks (www.rackforce.com) announced today the launch of "DDS-V", the latest in its virtual server line of Dynamic Dedicated Servers. The DDS-V is a robust "cloud computing" environment that combines Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization technology, IBM SAN based storage and powerful IBM x3950 servers.

Microsoft virtualization tools reinforce user's data center plans

Network World
Sunday, August 3, 2008

Hosting provider RackForce Networks expects that Microsoft's just released Hyper-V virtualization technology will give it a chance to take a major step in its business strategy.

Kelowna firm spends $75M on green data centre

ComputerWorld Canada
Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A partnership between IBM Canada and RackForce will see an energy-efficient facility built for the customers of gigaCenter Services Corp. Why location matters as much as the technology.

A collocation startup is using Kelowna, B.C. as the location for a $75 million data centre that promises to make extensive use of so-called "green IT" and other energy-efficient techniques.

GigaCenter puts Okanagan Valley in data big leagues

The Okanagan Saturday
Saturday, June 14, 2008

New details have been made public about a GigaCenter to be built in Kelowna. It will be even bigger and better than initially thought.

"This is so significant," said Brian Fry of Kelowna-based RackForce, which is in partnership with IBM on the project.

"Previously, we thought the data centre would be 85,000 square feet (as announced in February). Now, it will be 150,000 square feet, cost $75 million and be able to house 80,000 high-speed, very advanced servers and will become the biggest in the country."

Currently, the biggest data centre in Canada is Q9 in Toronto.