Global Relay Launches Private Green Data Centre

From left: Andrew Wilkinson, Warren Roy, Shannon Rogers, Naomi YamamotoFrom left: Andrew Wilkinson, Warren Roy, Shannon Rogers, Naomi Yamamoto

Vancouver, BC – April 22, 2014 — Global Relay celebrated Earth Day with the launch of its new private green data centre, a cutting-edge facility that uses an innovative combination of green technologies to achieve maximum efficiency. In attendance were representatives from the local press, business community, and government, including Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Technology; John Jacobson, Deputy Minister, Technology, Innovation and Citizen Services; and MLA Naomi Yamamoto, North Vancouver - Lonsdale Riding.

Global Relay is the leading provider of cloud-based electronic message archiving, compliance, eDiscovery and supervision solutions for the global financial sector. The company designs and develops cutting-edge cloud technology that allows the largest and most heavily regulated organizations in the world to capture, archive and search some of their most sensitive data, including email, IM and mobile messaging.

Global Relay’s new data centre is a custom-built, state-of-the art facility that is entirely designed, owned, and operated by Global Relay. A $24 million capital project, it is an investment in Global Relay’s future and a demonstration of the company’s commitment to offering customers scalable, industry-leading cloud solutions with exceptional reliability and security – both now and in the future. Global Relay relied on local talent and supplies to construct the data centre, which is the first of what will be two mirrored facilities.

“We are immensely proud of this data centre,” says CEO & Founder Warren Roy. “It represents the collective efforts of more than fifteen Canadian and American engineering firms. Although immensely challenging, the $24 million, three-year engineering and construction project has far exceeded our expectations.”

Global Relay’s data centre was designed to reduce the company’s carbon footprint to zero using a number of green technologies. Evaporative cooling eliminates mechanical air conditioning, typically the largest consumer of power in a data centre. Evaporative cooling uses water - not electricity - to cool the servers. Outside air is run through “water blankets” to boost the humidity and drop the temperature. The facility also uses hydroelectric power and flywheel UPS (uninterruptable power supply). By using flywheel UPS (660lb steel donuts spinning at high speed that store electricity as kinetic energy), Global Relay has eliminated the toxic, failure-prone lead-acid battery UPS systems used in most data centres.

The data centre demonstrates Global Relay’s commitment to innovation and sustainability and is an integral part of Global Relay’s strategy to disrupt traditional thinking about how to manage big data in the cloud.