Bell Aliant announced on Monday that its new data centre in Saint John is now online and fully operational.

BELL ALIANT INC. - Bell Aliant's Saint John data centre opens

Almost 70 kilometres of data cable and fibre will run throughout the Saint John data centre, leveraging Bell Aliant's nextgen fibre network. (CNW Group/Bell Aliant Inc.)

The $25-million facility is the first data centre in Atlantic Canada, and one of only 11 in Canada, to achieve specialized certification called a Tier III.

It's considered the gold standard for data centres, according to company officials, and requires that all mission critical infrastructures ensure continuous power supply and protection for customer data.

"We are particularly proud of this facility," said Dan McKeen, Bell Aliant's vice-chair and senior vice president for residential services.

"Not only does it make good business sense for us, it supports the region's robust ICT sector by providing a local solution for data hosting, a cluster of ICT expertise and a world-class network to support connectivity while creating the right conditions to attract new businesses to the province."

The centre covers 2,160 square metres and was built to meet the current and future needs of the information and communications technology sector in New Brunswick.

The facility will support one megawatt of equipment on the data centre floor, with the potential to expand to handle four megawatts of equipment.

The announcement of the project was made in February 2014 in partnership with the provincial government, which contributed $5 million.

"Industry leaders made the case for a big data centre in New Brunswick clear, and our government is very proud to participate as a partner in this visionary project," said Premier Brian Gallant.

"With growth in demand on the horizon, this new state-of-the-art facility will be able to host the requirements of New Brunswick's lengthy roster of ICT companies and deliver economic benefits to our province."

Services at the Saint John facility will include capacity management, disaster recovery planning, security, monitoring, managing and networking services to customers across public and private sectors and regional, national and international markets.