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Press Release -- February 20th, 2013
Source: Primus Telecommunications Group

Toronto Data Centre Is Early Adopter of Most Efficient Cooling Technology From Emerson

BLACKIRON Data Partnered With Emerson Network Power to Select and Install a High-Efficiency Cooling System at Canada’s First Tier III, LEED-Certified Data Centre

TORONTO–(Marketwire – Feb 20, 2013) – BLACKIRON Data, a wholly owned subsidiary of PTGi (Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated) (NYSE:PTGI, news, filings), is the first data centre provider in Canada to utilize the industry’s most efficient room-based data centre cooling system, Emerson Network Power’s Liebert® DSE. BLACKIRON Data partnered with Emerson Network Power to select and install the technology at their new Toronto DC3 site, Canada’s first Tier III design and construction-certified data centre facility.

“We had three objectives in building our newest data centre in Toronto — make it environmentally friendly, attain third-party certifications and guarantee 100 percent availability for our customers,” said Ron Ethier, Vice President, Data Centres and Operations, BLACKIRON Data. “The Liebert DSE allows us to meet all three of our objectives. The system leverages Toronto’s cool temperatures for optimum efficiency and energy use without sacrificing performance or disrupting our availability guarantee for customers. Utilizing this new precision cooling technology was one of the key elements to the Toronto data centre successfully achieving Uptime Institute and LEED certifications.”

BLACKIRON Data’s Toronto DC3 facility uses multiple 40-ton Liebert DSE cooling systems to regulate cooling in the 50,000-square-foot data centre, with power density at 15kW per rack. Each system features variable speed fans, staged evaporator coils, tandem Copeland Scroll™ Digital compressors and innovative pumped refrigerant economizers to ensure highly efficient and effective cooling, no matter the season.

With the environment in mind, an important element of the design and build of Toronto DC3 was to avoid the waste water often associated with water-cooled chillers. BLACKIRON insisted on using cooling technology that did not use water, a configuration that benefits both the environment and customers. The installation of this system has allowed BLACKIRON to save up to 100 million litres of water waste a year, as traditionally associated with operating a data centre of similar size.

Liebert Econophase™, the industry’s first pumped refrigerant economizer, leverages cold outside air to cool the refrigerant used in the Liebert DSE system, reducing or eliminating compressor operation. This system provides cooling within the data centre, allowing BLACKIRON to cool a large space without chiller plants and chilled water. With Toronto’s cool temperatures, this translates into free cooling more than 75 percent of the year, allowing BLACKIRON to significantly lower power usage and energy expenses. During the summer, the Liebert DSE utilizes the most efficient variable capacity compressors for operation.

“We are well-positioned to help customers solve their unique challenges through our innovative products and solutions, our expertise in end-to-end data center controls and our service,” said Steve Madara, vice president, global cooling, Emerson Network Power. “Our team was thrilled to deliver an integrated system that has enabled BLACKIRON Data to use water-saving refrigerant-based economizers for such a large portion of the year, helping them to realize a great amount of energy and financial savings.”

With its maximized energy efficiencies and a 100 percent availability guarantee, BLACKIRON Data’s Toronto DC3 has raised the bar for data centres across the continent.


BLACKIRON Data ULC is an innovator in data centre, cloud and managed services technology, providing a singular focus to ensuring the most robust and bullet-proof IT infrastructure to meet the needs of business. With eight owned and managed state-of-the-art, and highly reliable data centres, including Canada’s firstTier III design and construction certified facility, and the vast array of fully audited operational, facility, and environmental certifications, BLACKIRON Data is the most certified data centre services company in Canada. BLACKIRON Data is a division of Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc., a subsidiary of PTGi. Visit for more information.


PTGi (Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated) is a leading provider of advanced communication solutions, including, traditional and IP voice, data, mobile services, broadband Internet, collocation, hosting, and outsourced managed services to business and residential customers in the United States and Canada. PTGi is also one of the leading international wholesale service providers to fixed and mobile network operators worldwide. PTGi owns and operates its own global network of next-generation IP soft switches, media gateways, hosted IP/SIP platforms, broadband infrastructure, fiber capacity, and data centers located in Canada. Founded in 1994, PTGi is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.


Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson, delivers software, hardware, and services that maximize availability, capacity, and efficiency for data centers and healthcare and industrial facilities. A trusted industry leader in smart infrastructure technologies, Emerson Network Power provides innovative data center infrastructure management solutions that bridge the gap between IT and facility management and deliver efficiency and uncompromised availability regardless of capacity demands. Our solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services


Emerson, based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2012 were $24.4 billion. For more information,

Amanda Laird
MAVERICK Public Relations, for BLACKIRON Data
416-640-5525 ext. 245

Vince McMorrow, for Emerson Network Power

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