ROOT Data Center completes first setup phase

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Montréal, October 16, 2014 – ROOT Data Center is pleased to announce the completion of construction of phase 1 of their Montréal data centre. ROOT Data Center offers Tier 3 data centre colocation services from their new facility in LaSalle. Work on the $20-million centre began in May, and was made possible with the support of Montréal International and Investissement Québec.

The centre has been designed to support 500 server racks and 5 MW of power at project completion. Phase 1, which comprises 250 server racks and 1 MW power, has been completed on time and on budget.

“There is a demand from companies in Greater Montréal for a world-class Tier 3 data centre provider with 100% uptime and competitively priced hosting services,” explained Jason van Gaal, founder and CEO of ROOT Data Center. “We can meet these needs thanks to our next-generation cooling technology; more than 60% of our capacity is already pre-sold.”

The region’s sole Tier 3 data centre with high-capacity cooling, ROOT Data Center uses innovative, energy-efficient and reliable technology that did not exist five years ago.

“Telecom services, particularly data centres, are seeing robust growth in Greater Montréal. The cost of real estate and hydro give the region a distinct advantage that attracts new companies. With the arrival of ROOT Data Center, we welcome a new player that will enable local technology companies to extend their markets,” said Dominique Anglade, President and CEO of Montréal International.

“ROOT Data Center offers clients a unique technology that uses half as much energy as the competition, and helps reduce costs significantly. This new centre is a definite advantage for technology companies that are seeking hosting services. This helps ensure that our companies have a more competitive place on the market and we are proud to be involved in this innovative project,” said Jacques Daoust, Minister of the Economy, Innovation and Exports.

About ROOT Data Center (www.rootdatacenter.com)

ROOT Data Center is a third-generation data centre offering competitively priced colocation hosting services using a next-generation cooling technology that reduces electricity costs. Strategically located less than 15 minutes from downtown Montréal and Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau international airport, it is the only third-generation data centre in the region that is able to cool over 30 kW/rack.

About Montréal International (www.montrealinternational.com)

Created in 1996, Montréal International is the result of a private-public partnership. Its mission is to act as an economic driver for Greater Montréal to attract foreign wealth while accelerating the success of its partners and clients. Its mandates include attracting foreign direct investments, international organizations and international strategic workers as well as promoting the competitive and international environment of Greater Montréal. Montréal International, a non-profit organization, is funded by the private sector, the governments of Canada and Québec, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal Metropolitan Community) and the City of Montréal.

About Investissement Québec (www.investquebec.com)

Investissement Québec’s mission is to foster the growth of investment in Québec, thereby contributing to economic development and job creation in every region. The Corporation offers businesses a full range of financial solutions, including loans, loan guarantees and equity investments, to support them at all stages of their development. It is also responsible for administering tax measures and prospecting for foreign investment.

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