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Canada's Largest Green Data Center Being Built by gigaCENTER With Help of IBM

IBM Press Releases
Wednesday, June 11, 2008

KELOWNA, BC and MONTREAL - 11 Jun 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) has signed an agreement to help build a $ CDN 75 million, 150,000 square foot "green" data center in the heart of British Columbia with gigaCENTER Services Corporation, in partnership with RackForce Networks.

IBM taps into Kelowna

Kelowna Capital News
Friday, February 15, 2008

Pristine lakes and sunny skies may be what brings the tourists to Kelowna, but it’s the ability to withstand natural disasters that just brought a major IBM presence here.

By the end of this year, a partnership between local company Rackforce and IBM will come to fruition, with the completion of a 85,000 square-foot data centre that has the capacity to store 35,000 terabytes of data, explained Brian Fry, Rackforce’s vice-president and co-founder.

“This is a big project,” said Fry. “With such a large facility, there will be large companies that will want to be located in Kelowna to be closer to their data centre.”

The Best Place to Build a Data Center in North America

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Wed, February 13, 2008 — CIO — As far as vacation destinations go, popular hotspots such as Honolulu and California's Wine Country have nothing on British Columbia's Okanagan Valley.

The area offers award-winning vineyards, tasty organic produce, a 68-mile freshwater lake and nearly 50 golf courses, all within an hour's drive. The city of Kelowna, the de facto capital of the region that boasts gourmet restaurants, world-class real estate, an international airportand a cultural district complete with museums, theater groups and a ballet.

But what most tourist brochures don't mention is that the Okanagan also is becoming known in IT spheres for something else: data processing and storage.

RackForce Launches IBM Tivoli Backup Service

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Kelowna, BC, Canada - RackForce announced today that it now offers enterprise grade backup service for its hosted server customers by utilizing IBM Tivoli Storage Manager in line with Storage Area Networks and LTO4 tape systems.

How Virtual Machine Manager may help Microsoft compete with VMware

Management platform could make the difference to unusual second-banana status

Friday, September 7, 2007

VMware Inc. may have the market share and, with its recent successful IPO, all the momentum.

Working harder, drinking less

Globe and Mail
Monday, June 18, 2007

Servers are the power-thirsty heart of every corporate IT system. So software and new processors that make them more efficient are good news for business—and the planet

When it comes to saving energy, Rackforce is doing better than most of us. Its three data centres in Kelowna, British Columbia, run computer applications for thousands of clients worldwide. Over the last four years, Rackforce has made those data centres 40 to 50% more energy efficient.

IBM Aims to Make Facilities Greener

Web Host Industry Review
Thursday, May 10, 2007

May 10, 2007 -- (WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) -- IBM (ibm.com) announced on Wednesday it is spending $1 billion in an effort to make corporate data centers more energy efficient.

According to reports, not unlike many other large companies in the technology industry, IBM has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and will upgrade its data centers as well as help its customers redo their own facilities with multiple power-saving approaches.

Reliability up, power use down at Rackforce with IBM Servers

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Kelowna, BC and Toronto, ON - April 3, 2007 - Rackforce, a Kelowna, BC-based advanced infrastructure provider for hosting and applications, is using new quad-core servers from IBM to give its customers more processing power and reliability while reducing its electricity costs.

The new servers are three times faster than the servers Rackforce had been previously using, while using 30 percent less electricity. Rackforce has purchased 320 IBM System x servers in 2006 for $1.2 million, and expects to purchase 600 more this year.

RackForce Launches New Power Server Series

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Kelowna BC Canada - November 30, 2006 - Advanced Infrastructure Provider RackForce announced the launch of its new 5100 series of power servers. The 5100 series IBM server comes with the new Woodcrest Xeon processor, dual SCSI Drives and 10Mpbs Unmetered Bandwidth for a limited time introductory price of $299 per month ($399 regular price). The Woodcrest processor is reported to give 150% to 300% greater processing power than standard Xeon CPUs.

RackForce Deploys Ensim Pro X

Web Host Industry Review
Sunday, October 8, 2006

October 12, 2006 -- (WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) -- Web hosting automation software provider Ensim (ensim.com) announced on Thursday that Web hosting provider Rackforce Hosting (rackforce.com) has selected Ensim Pro X as the preferred control panel for its dynamic dedicated server brand of Windows virtual servers.