SOURCE: PRIMUS Telecommunications Group, Inc.

Primus Telecommunications Group, Inc.

Primus Telecommunications Group, Inc.

July 19, 2012 05:59 ET

Toronto DC3 -- Canada's First Tier III Design and Construction Certified Data Centre to Open August 1

Primus Business Services Awarded Tier III Construction Certification by Uptime Institute

TORONTO--(Marketwire - Jul 19, 2012) - Primus Business Services, a division of Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc., today announced Canada's first Tier III design and construction certified data centre will open its doors on August 1. After rigorous evaluation and stress testing, the GTA facility with its 30,000 square feet of raised flooring and 1,000 cabinet capacity is the only multi-tenant data centre in Canada to be awarded Uptime Institute's Tier III Certification for Design and Construction. Primus Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PTGi (Primus Telecommunications Group, Inc.) (NYSE: PTGI).

"Uptime Institute is duly impressed with Primus Toronto DC3 and its Tier III Facility Certification, the first and only awarded to a commercial data centre in Canada," said Vince Renaud, Senior Tier Certification Authority, Uptime Institute. "To receive Tier III Facility Certification, Primus first undertook a comprehensive review of the design, and then performed 39 functional demonstrations while Uptime Institute was on-site. The Primus facility passed all demonstrations on the first attempt. We can say with confidence this new facility will offer its clients the best-in-class data centre services in Canada."

This certification ensures clients will benefit from concurrent maintainability, meaning Toronto DC3 will never be shut down for maintenance or to replace any element of the capacity or distribution. In addition, this data centre exceeds Tier III requirements by meeting the fault tolerance capabilities of Tier IV facilities to offer customers further reliability.

Certification also eliminates the need for Canadian businesses and organizations to take on the responsibility of validating their own data centre's design and reliability, which includes anything from service disruptions to other IT problems. This means they are not only given peace of mind by not having to worry about risk, but they will save the costs associated with paying for their own audits.

"By engaging Uptime Institute as an unbiased party to validate the design and its implementation, Primus eliminates doubts as to the performance potential of the underlying infrastructure. It provides a 'safe' business decision for the site's end users, without hesitation or uncertainty as to the engineering details," said Julian Kudritzki, Senior Vice President of Uptime Institute.

"Our new data centre has earned the highest degree of independent validation in Canada. A first in the industry and a direct reflection of our commitment to providing the highest level of service to our clients," said AJ Byers, Executive Vice President of Primus Business Services. "Beyond the normal Tier III testing, we spent a significant amount of time conducting stress testing where we challenged the electrical and cooling infrastructure, loading it to 170% of design capacity to demonstrate its capacity without failure."

About Primus Business Services
Primus Business Services is a national leader in advanced communication solutions and data centre technology, providing a comprehensive portfolio of infrastructure and managed solutions that deliver reliability, security and compliance to meet the needs of Canadian businesses. Primus Business Services owns and manages eight state-of-the-art, highly reliable, SSAE-16 certified data centres across Canada. Primus Business Services is a division of Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc., a subsidiary of PTGi. Visit for more information.

About PTGi
PTGi (Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated) is a leading provider of advanced communication solutions, including, traditional and IP voice, data, mobile services, broadband Internet, collocation, hosting, and outsourced managed services to business and residential customers in the United States and Canada. PTGi is also one of the leading international wholesale service providers to fixed and mobile network operators worldwide. PTGi owns and operates its own global network of next-generation IP soft switches, media gateways, hosted IP/SIP platforms, broadband infrastructure, fiber capacity, and data centers located in Canada. Founded in 1994, PTGi is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

About Uptime Institute
Uptime Institute provides independent thought leadership, certification, education and professional services for the global Data Centre industry in over 50 countries. It serves all industry stakeholders, including enterprise and third-party owners and operators, manufacturers, service providers and engineers. Through Uptime Institute Professional Services, Uptime Institute delivers due diligence assessments and Certifications of site infrastructure and site management in accordance with the Tier and Operational Sustainability Standards.

Uptime Institute, a division of The 451 Group, is headquartered in New York, with offices in key locations, including San Francisco, Washington DC, London, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Sao Paulo, Dubai, and Singapore. The 451 Group also owns 451 Research, a leading technology-industry syndicated research and data firm focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation.

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