[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

IBM, together with the Governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Barrie, has unveiled an advanced computing facility: the IBM Canada Leadership Data Centre. The Barrie, Ontario-based center has been designed from the ground-up with the latest advancements in energy efficient data center management, business continuity, resiliency, security and disaster recovery services, says IBM.

The data center represents a $90 million investment from IBM and will establish 20 skilled jobs in Barrie, as a portion of the $175 million IBM invested and 145 jobs created through the April 2012 launch of the IBM Canada Research and Development Centre network. In time, the new data center is expected to provide key infrastructure and personnel to help underpin ongoing research and development initiatives tied to this network. The IBM funding is supported through the Government of Ontario’s previous $15 million investment towards these initiatives.

This newest addition to IBM’s existing network of 17 data centers within Canada bolsters the company’s $75 million investment in Markham and Montreal-based data centers during 2011.