To keep Toronto customers online in lockdown, ServerFarm has completed a substantial project to provide sustainable additional capacity to the Toronto data center market to help keep customers online in today’s unique business challenges. The project to add 14MW of new critical capacity to ServerFarm’s existing Toronto data center included a major construction phase, which was completed during the COVID-19 lockdown.
By extending the power capacity of the existing data center building and power infrastructure, the Toronto project delivered significant embodied carbon savings, says ServerFarm. The reuse of the existing 80,000-square-foot building shell of concrete, steel, metal panel and roofing systems cut embodied carbon by an estimated 75%. When compared to a new data center build, this would be an equivalent reduction of over two and a half years of operational carbon for a typical 1MW enterprise IT deployment.
“Data center capacity in the Toronto area is in tight supply, and our vision to develop new capacity within an existing facility started 10 months ago, long before the global shock of the pandemic,” said Avner Papouchado, CEO of ServerFarm. “We’re immensely proud of our teams for working so hard to make this capacity available so quickly. That this was achieved while maintaining worker safety despite having to work in lockdown conditions points to their professionalism and our ability to adapt to the rapidly changing conditions wrought by the COVID-19 threat.”
ServerFarm’s data center customers continued to be served throughout this complex and challenging project, and additional capacity has already been delivered to new customers.