Co-location Services

The hubs for QNet’s fibre optic network are two state-of-the-art co-location datacentres located at:

  • Coquitlam City Hall (3000 Guildford Way)
  • Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier Street)

Please note that the datacenters are now fully leased other than space reserved for fibre-lease customers and telecom service providers.

Poirier Co-location Facility

Opened in 2010, the datacentre at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex was custom designed for multi-user ICT equipment co-location.

The 1,000-square-foot ground-level facility includes a staging room and primary server room, both maintained at 20C and 50% humidity. Users are provided 24x7 access to the facility using security key cards and biometric scans.

Features:

  • Double-wide doors to facilitate equipment delivery to both rooms.
  • Windowless rooms, with cameras monitoring the entrance, staging room and aisles between cabinets.
  • Automatic inert gas fire suppression system, serviced and tested regularly.
  • BC Hydro power, with backup by uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and generator.
  • Power management and remote outlet switching capacities through the power distribution units (PDUs).
  • Highly efficient and resilient cooling through chilled water cooling panel technology.
  • Located in a facility that is staffed 365 days a year, meets BC Building Code (2010) seismic requirements, and is built on bedrock using reinforced concrete block construction at 500 feet above sea level.

Technical Specifications

Access & Security

  • 24 x 7 access
  • Automatically pre-authorized and logged access to the datacentre
  • Chubb security access card
  • Biometric palm print scanner

Survivability

  • Building constructed to (2010) seismic standards
  • Equipment cabinets mounted on seismic isolation pads

Fire Suppression

  • Environmentally-safe inert gas suppression system
  • Automatically triggered
  • Serviced and tested regularly
  • No water sprinklers

Power

  • BC Hydro power, backed up by 80 KVA uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and 250 KVA diesel generator
  • Power-fail system tested monthly
  • Power Distribution Units in each cabinet equipped with four C19 outlets (each max 19 amps) and 20 C13 outlets (each max 12 amps) under 208 V. The PDUs collect real-time energy consumption data.

Cooling & Energy

  • Rittal Liquid Cooling Panel Technologies – water-based, 14 times greater than open-air cooling
  • Automatic backup system
  • Heated water is stored in thermal energy grid
  • Building’s energy-efficient power system includes thermal and solar power.

Connectivity

  • Close to several long-distance fibre optic networks that link to the Vancouver Internet Exchange (VANIX), which connects to the Seattle Internet Exchange, one of North America’s primary telecom peering facilities.
  • Upstream services available from several regional carriers
  • 60 km of fibre optic cable connects most of the City