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ViaWest Minneapolis Data Center Receives Uptime Institute’s Tier III Certification

12 / 14 / 2016
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MINNEAPOLIS — Dec. 14, 2016 — ViaWest announced today that its Minneapolis Data Center has received the Tier III Constructed Facility certification from Uptime Institute. The Tier III certification has become the industry standard distinguishing data centers that are concurrently maintainable.

“We are proud that our Minneapolis Data Center is now among our growing list of data centers certified by Uptime Institute for industry-leading reliability,” said Dave Leonard, Chief Data Center Officer at ViaWest. “This marks our fourth Tier III Constructed Facility certified data center. Tier III data centers are concurrently maintainable, meaning they require no shutdowns for equipment replacement and maintenance. ”

Uptime Institute’s tier certification process has become the leading standard for differentiating the quality and reliability of data centers around the world. From Tier I for spaces providing power for data center operations to Tier IV for fault tolerant facilities, the tier system establishes a consistent set of criteria for the industry.

Built in 2013, the ViaWest Minneapolis Data Center features best-in-class networking and cooling systems, with 3,000 tons of redundant, fault-tolerant capacity and a density capacity availability of over 1,500 watts per square foot. Additionally, it offers an industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness, projected at 1.3 at full capacity.

“We congratulate ViaWest on their tremendous accomplishment,” said Lee Kirby, President of Uptime Institute. “Viawest has now achieved four Tier III Constructed Facility awards for their facilities, providing the company with a strong point of differentiation and demonstrating commitment to the quality and reliability of their data centers.”

To learn more about the Uptime Institute’s tier classification system, visit To learn more about ViaWest’s Minneapolis Data Center, visit

About ViaWest

ViaWest is a leading Hybrid IT Solutions provider offering cloud, colocation, compliance services and security solutions, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shaw Communications Inc. (NYSE: SJR). With more than 17 years of experience, 30 North American data centers and multiple cloud nodes, ViaWest offers IT and infrastructure solutions that solve business challenges while balancing cost, scalability and security requirements. ViaWest delivers tailored solutions designed for maximum reliability and flexibility backed by our 100% uptime commitment.

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