TORONTO--(Marketwire - Mar 6, 2013) - BLACKIRON Data, a wholly owned subsidiary of PTGi (Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated) (NYSE:PTGI, news, filings), was selected as the exclusive data centre provider for BlueSun Inc., a software as a service (SaaS) provider to the financial and insurance industries. BlueSun will host its mission critical business activities in BLACKIRON's newest Tier III, LEED-certified data centre in Toronto; with a second, redundant set of infrastructure in Ottawa to ensure business continuity and rapid disaster recovery.
"We are thrilled to welcome BlueSun to the BLACKIRON family and were excited to hear their choice was largely based on our new Toronto DC3 facility. Toronto DC3 has earned the highest degree of independent certifications in Canada, a first in the industry," said AJ Byers, President, BLACKIRON Data. "As a result, our customers have confidence that they can bring their banking and financial clients to our data centres and receive the security and reliability they need."
BLACKIRON's Toronto DC3 facility features 30,000 square feet of raised flooring and 1,000 cabinet capacity, and is the only multi-tenant data centre in Canada to be awarded Uptime Institute's Tier III Certification for Design and Construction. The LEED- certified, environmentally friendly and water-smart centre was subject to rigorous testing -- well beyond the average Tier III testing. The assessment challenged the electrical and cooling infrastructure, loading it to 170% of design capacity to demonstrate its true ability to operate without failure.
BlueSun had relationships with multiple vendors for data centre hosting, including BLACKIRON. In 2012, those relationships were up for renewal and BlueSun was faced with the decision to renew, consolidate or seek a new provider.
Over the years BLACKIRON delivered consistent and impressive customer service, high availability and competitive rates. Add to that certifications required for working closely with insurance and financial companies such as PCI, CICA and SSAE, along with the new Toronto DC3 facility, and BLACKIRON emerged as the clear choice. BlueSun therefore consolidated their managed hosting services exclusively to BLACKIRON and were able to realize a cost savings of 60 percent.
"The economics of selecting the Toronto DC3 facility were better than anything else that we saw in the marketplace, and this was important to us because we were preparing to make the largest capital purchase in the company's history," said Steve Wilson, COO/CFO, BlueSun Inc. "The new Tier III certified data centre in Markham definitely appealed to us, especially due to the security and reliability; we knew that we could take our tier one banking clients to that type of facility with confidence which definitely was a contributing factor to our decision to move to BLACKIRON Data."
BlueSun Inc. is currently in the process of moving data to BLACKIRON's facility, with plans to be fully transitioned by the end of March 2013.
ABOUT BLACKIRON DATA
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 first Tier 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 subsidiary of Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc., a subsidiary of PTGi. Visit blackirondata.com 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.
BlueSun produces WealthServ, the leading business solution for insurance and investment agencies in North America. WealthServ provides integrated back-office and CRM technology across life insurance and investment products for MGAs and MFDs. WealthServ is the most connected back-office system with automated data links to all Canadian carriers including pending and in-force life insurance feeds; FundServ for mutual funds; and the major Paramedical companies for exam status and results. The WealthServ Unified Wealth Management platform delivers everything required for serious wealth management distributors to process all lines of business with one system.