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Introducing Our Newest Toronto Data Center: TOR1

Jeff Tapley, SVP, Asset Management
May 22, 2018

We’re transforming the former Toronto Star printing plant into TOR1, our state-of-the-art wholesale data center which will be one of the largest in Canada. For over 25 years, the building was the largest newspaper facility in Canada and one of the largest in North America. But with the change brought on by technology and trends, it only seems appropriate that this iconic printing plant is now being used to help build the trusted foundation for the digital world.

TOR1 is located in Vaughan Ontario which forms part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and is expected to achieve substantial cost savings for its customers. For one, the suburban location in Vaughan allows for lower real estate costs than comparable facilities in the GTA. Also, as a 66,054 square metre (711,000 square feet) facility, TOR1 passes through costs savings from construction and overhead to the benefit of its customers.

Consisting of 23 computer rooms ranging from 800 to 1,200 square metres (8,600 to 13,000 square feet), TOR1 can accommodate power capacities between 1.0 and 3.0 megawatts per room. Resiliencies range from N to 2N with a power density range of 1,076 to 3,228 watts per square metre (100 to 300 watts per square foot). TOR1’s proximity to downtown, major highways and an international airport makes it easy to access. Other features include:

  • Flexibility: carrier-neutral
  • Diverse fibre paths directly to your computer room
  • Diverse pathways to major carrier hotel at 151 Front Street West
  • Up to 46 MW of critical load capacity
  • Customizable & flexible power in every computer room
  • Flexible power densities to meet your needs
  • UPS and generators for uninterrupted operations
  • Engineered to deliver a PUE of 1.25 annualized at full capacity

The facility will have built-in power and cooling redundancies in each computer room to deal with any power issues in addition to 24/7 security and maintenance.

Toronto is larger than Montreal and serves as the business center of Canada. It’s the second largest technology cluster in North America with more than 15,000 technology companies employing more than 200,000 people along the 100km Toronto-to-Waterloo corridor.

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