iWeb wins the ESTim award in the Investment Project category

Published on May 13, 2008 at 9:14 am by iWeb-Olivier in: iWeb Articles

Last Friday was the 20th edition of the ESTim award held by the Montreal East Island Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Patrice M. Pelletier, President and CEO of the Port of Montreal was the host for the evening. The actor and singer Frédéric De Grandpré was also part of the event.

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iWeb was there for the occasion and is really proud to have received the ESTim award in the “Investment project” category. It seems that the efforts made in the establishment and expansion of our St-Leonard datacenter are paying off.

If iWeb has already invested a lot in the East Island, other enhancements are planned for iWeb-CL datacenter. We’ll keep you posted about it.

Some of iWeb’s departments are moving

Published on December 4, 2007 at 10:32 am by iWeb-Olivier in: iWeb Articles

iWeb sur SherbrookeMonday was a great day for Montréal and for iWeb. For Montreal, because it was the first big snow storm of this winter. For iWeb, because it was the designated day to move our Sales, Marketing and Customer Services departments. Fortunatly, we Quebecers are not impressed by some 30 centimeters (1 feet) of snow. Almost everyone made it to the new offices, at the ninth floor of 1851, Sherbrooke East St.

As shown in this video, our offices offers a great sight over the beautiful Montréal. In fact, only the marketing department does not have windows. We are thinking of installing a fish tank to fill the emptyness…

The address :

1851 Sherbrooke East street
H2K 4L5
Office 902

About Webcom Montreal 2007

Published on November 16, 2007 at 11:45 am by iWeb-Olivier in: Web Development Articles

Webcom Montréal 2007Yesterday, November 14th, was the third edition of Webcom Montréal at the OACI headquarters. Even if the quality of the conferences was uneven, some are worth mentioning.

One such highlight was the opening conference by Debbie Weil, which discussed corporate blogs and CEO blogs. The american corporate blogs “guru” used many examples to illustrate its presentation, and some catchy (but oh so true) sentences to punctuate her speech. For Debbie Weil, to implement a corporate blog, you need to aim after shooting : “ready, fire, aim”. She also explained that “links are the currency of the blogs”. So let’s link to Geoffroi Garon who wrote a good summary of this presentation (in french).
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iWeb is moving its back-up generator

Published on November 12, 2007 at 3:52 pm by iWeb-Olivier in: iWeb Articles

Génératrice iWebWithout a doubt, a back-up generator is one of the most essential prevention tools for every data center. Regardless external forces and power interruptions (a neighborhood or local outtage, a general blackout like the one that affected Detroit, New York and Toronto a few years ago and any other circumstance which cuts off electrical power completely), it is up to the generator to ensure that your server and data remain unaffected and completely accessible until the situation is resolved.

This kind of “insurance”, however, has a a downside: it is absolutely enormous. Our generator had been installed temporarily on the side of our first data center, waiting for the City of Montreal to give its final decision regarding the best place to put this behemoth. Finally, it will be permanently placed at the back of the data center, in accordance with municipal rules. It will blend in a lot more easily and we foresee an effective integration with the neighborhood.

Rest assured, there will be no interruption in service since a temporary generator will be installed.

The mechanical shovels, tractors trailers and mixers are hard at work to ensure our generator will be cozy; the noise (and tremors) from the power hammers and drilling can be heard and felt throughout iWeb’s main offices. This is a “small” construction site compared to what is coming up though; soon we begin the third phase of expansion at the St-Léonard data center…

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Data centers site selection : Montréal in good position

Published on October 29, 2007 at 12:55 pm by iWeb-Olivier in: iWeb Articles

Construction iWeb CLiWeb has recently announced the opening of its third data center in Montréal. It seems that the city is a good place for web hosting purposes.

John Rath, a data centers expert, has produced an analysis [PDF] establishing localization factors for a data centers. According to Mr. Rath, the selection of a site requires some instinct : “the most important factor is simply building where their gut feeling is”. But two practical issues come first when considering site selection.

1. Natural Disasters and Weather

Vulnerability to disasters of a geographical location has an important impact on the viability of a site. A data center must not be exposed to power outage because of hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes or floods.

2. Workforce and Business Climate

The availability of a qualified workforce is another essential factor. Same thing for demographic trends of one city compared to another. Evidently, the business climate, including governmental subsidies, tax breaks and costs of doing business are requirements not to be neglected. It is also important to estimate energy consumption costs, and the proportion of this energy that is “green”.

Many others factors are analyzed in Mr. Rath’s document.

According to Mr. Rath’s analysis, we can conclude that Montréal is an excellent site to establish a data center. The city had some problems with an ice storm at the end of the 1990s, but Hydro-Québec, the state run electrical utility has since updated its network and infrastructure. Furthermore, because of the great hydroelectric potential (a relatively green way of producing energy), the electricity is available at low prices. Finally, Montréal can count on five Universities on its territory, providing a steady stream of IT professionals… which could eventually join iWeb workforce !