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AGF Selects Q9 to Provide Highest Levels of Reliability for Web Site and Critical Corporate Systems

November 5, 2012

Dual Data Centre Solution Ensures Business Continuity

TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2012 /CNW/ – Q9 Networks (Q9) is pleased to announce
that it has been selected by AGF Management Limited (AGF) to provide a
high availability co-location solution for AGF’s web site and critical
corporate IT systems. AGF is one of Canada’s premier independent
investment management firms with over one million investors and $41
billion in assets under management.

Q9 is providing AGF with high-availability co-location services and
managed bandwidth at two Q9 data centres to facilitate production and
disaster recovery capabilities. The two sites are connected by
redundant high capacity links to ensure low latency and near
instantaneous failover in the event of a disaster.  Significant cost
savings were also achieved through Q9′s innovative bandwidth
aggregation service.

“Our team conducted extensive due diligence to determine the provider
best able to meet our stringent requirements for reliability and
performance,” says Lora Goldberg, VP Information Technology, AGF. 
“Q9′s guarantees around power and network uptime, the physical security
and location of their data centres and their willingness to support our
audit requirements were key factors in our decision to select them for
our hosting requirements.”

Q9 designs, builds and operates its data centres to meet the most
demanding IT infrastructure requirements, including the increased power
and cooling demands of today’s high density computing devices.
Customers connect to the Internet via Q9′s unique network and are
protected by Q9′s 100 percent, SLA-backed uptime guarantees on both
power and network availability. Customer equipment and data centre
environmental parameters are monitored 7×24 by Q9′s Control Centre,
staffed by experts versed in all aspects of IT and facilities
management.

“We are delighted to have been selected by AGF to deliver this critical
data centre solution for them,” says Q9 Chief Executive Officer, Osama
Arafat. “As one of the top financial services companies in Canada, AGF
clearly understands the value of outsourcing IT infrastructure so that
it can focus on its own core competencies. We look forward to providing
them with a secure and reliable data centre platform for their IT
operations.”

About AGF Management Ltd.

AGF Management Limited is one of Canada’s premier independent investment
management firms with offices across Canada and subsidiaries around the
world. AGF’s products include a diversified family of award-winning
mutual funds, mutual fund wrap programs and pooled funds. AGF also
manages assets on behalf of institutional investors including pension
plans, foundations and endowments as well as for private clients. With
over $41 billion in total assets under management, AGF serves more than
one million investors. AGF trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under
the symbol AGF.B.

About Q9 Networks:

Q9 Networks Inc. is Canada’s leading provider of outsourced data centre
infrastructure for organizations with mission-critical IT operations.
Q9′s data centres and network are backed by an industry leading SLA
that guarantees 100 per cent network and power availability. Q9
services, including: co-location, bandwidth, dedicated servers,
firewalls, load balancing, virtual private networking (VPN) and
back-up/restore, enable the rapid provisioning and scalability of
client infrastructure.  Q9 Networks is owned by an investor group
comprising Canada’s largest communications company, BCE Inc., and some
of the largest and most experienced North American pension and private
equity funds, including: Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Providence
Equity Partners and Madison Dearborn Partners LLC.

SOURCE Q9 Networks Inc.


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