Shaw sells Calgary data center

eStruxture Data Centers has signed an agreement to acquire the assets of Shaw Communications' (TSX:SJR.B) Calgary-1 data center. eStruxture acquired all contractual ...

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eStruxture Data Centers has signed an agreement to acquire the assets of Shaw Communications' (TSX:SJR.B) Calgary-1 data center. eStruxture acquired all contractual relationships residing in the facility and the existing operational and sales teams. The addition of Shaw's Calgary facility is intended to complement eStruxture's existing portfolio of five data centers in Vancouver and Montreal. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"We're excited to announce the acquisition of the newest, most state-of-the-art data center in Calgary, and welcome Shaw's existing data center employees and customers to eStruxture," said Todd Coleman, president and CEO of eStruxture. "This acquisition furthers our strategy of becoming the leading cloud and carrier neutral provider in Canada. We are committed to keep pushing to deliver more for our customers - more capacity, more locations, and more cloud and network connections."

As part of the transaction, both companies have entered into a multi-year agreement under which Shaw will maintain a wholesale relationship with eStruxture and continue to resell colocation services through the Calgary-1 data center to further supplement Shaw's portfolio of connectivity services.

"We are pleased to work with such an innovative and dynamic Canadian company that will allow Shaw Business to nurture relationships with new and existing clients, while providing our teams with a strong data center partner to sell services through and best support our customers," said Katherine Emberly, president, Business, Brand and Communications, at Shaw. "eStruxture's customer-centric and entrepreneurial culture aligns perfectly with our business, and we are excited to establish this wholesale relationship to help better serve our customers in Western Canada."

The first phase of the Shaw data center was commissioned in August 2015 and awarded Uptime Institute Tier III Design and Construction certification. The 65,000-square-foot facility can accommodate power densities up to 30 kW per cabinet. With existing SSAE16/CSAE 3416 SOC2 certification, the location is audit-ready and adheres to the controls of several other compliance standards. eStruxture will focus on expanding the Calgary data center's ecosystem of network service providers and cloud onramps. The facility has pre-deployed capacity that is customer-ready, and can be further expanded to support future growth.        

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