Rogers Communications announced this morning that it had peeled off its data center business into a new operating unit, which is called Rogers Data Centres.

Rogers Data Centres launched today with a newly expanded data centre in Edmonton and confirmed plans to open a Western Canada flagship data center in Calgary in January. Shaw Communications also provides services in Calgary and Edmonton. 

Rogers bolstered its data center and cloud portfolio with this year’s acquisitions of BlackIron Data, Pivot Data Centres and Granite Networks. With the three new acquisitions, Rogers Data Centres now operates in 14 locations across the country, servicing over 870 small, medium, government and enterprise clients.

"Our new data centre offerings in Alberta present a significant growth opportunity in Western Canada's business-to-business market," said AJ Byers, president, Rogers Data Centres. "We have experienced strong demand for data centre services in Western Canada, and the two expansions announced today are the core platform allowing us to deliver enhanced data centre, cloud and managed technology services to Alberta's thriving business community."

The expanded Rogers Data Centres Edmonton facility added approximately 6,000-square-feet of raised floor space. The flagship Calgary facility will offer 80,000-square-feet of raised space, state-of-the-art cooling systems, security measures, 24/7 support, and will meet Uptime Institute's Tier III standards.

"In the past year, Rogers Business Solutions has taken significant steps to build and strengthen our position as a leader in data centre services in Canada," said Terry Canning, senior vice president, Rogers Business Solutions. "Combining data centre services with our extensive fiber network, and full suite of voice and data solutions allows us to enable businesses across the country to innovate and evolve in a dynamic and fast-paced market."

The Rogers Data Centres expansion in Western Canada builds on a $700 million overall investment by Rogers in Alberta over the next four years, which was announced earlier this year.