Ontario Nurses’ Association Calls On Q9 For Disaster Recovery Solution
TORONTO, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Q9 Networks (Q9) is pleased to announce
that it is providing the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) with a
high-availability disaster recovery solution for its mission-critical
databases and email systems. Approximately 250 full-time staff and 150
member representatives across Ontario depend on these systems. Founded
in 1973, the association represents 60,000 registered nurses and allied
health professionals as well as more than 14,000 nursing student
affiliates providing care throughout the province of Ontario.
Q9 is providing the ONA with secure physical space, reliable power,
bandwidth and 7×24 monitoring for its backup systems, as well as a high
capacity link to its production environment to ensure low latency and
near instantaneous failover in the event of a disaster.
“At one time, enterprise-class co-location services were beyond the
reach of organizations like ours,” says David Laxdal, Manager
Information Technology, Ontario Nurses’ Association. “But we can’t
afford not to protect our IT assets and today, with Q9′s power
reservation model, we get reasonable pricing plus all of the benefits
of a highly secure enterprise-class data centre, including extensive
redundancies, SLA-backed guarantees on bandwidth and power and
outstanding customer service.”
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
“Mid-sized organizations can no longer take risks when it comes to the
availability of their business-critical IT systems,” says Q9 Chief
Executive Officer, Osama Arafat. “Maintaining resilient IT
infrastructure has become a basic requirement for doing business. The
ONA recognizes the value in outsourcing their business continuity
requirements so they can focus on activities that improve productivity
and efficiency. We are pleased to be providing them with a robust and
cost-effective disaster recovery solution to ensure business
About Ontario Nurses’ Association
ONA is the union representing 60,000 front-line registered nurses and
allied health professionals as well as more than 14,000 nursing student
affiliates providing care in Ontario hospitals, long-term care
facilities, public health, the community, industry and clinics.
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 communication 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.