TELUS Ventures Makes ‘Cool’ Investment in Vigilent
Investment in supplier of energy-saving tech for data centers benefits both
business and the environment
VANCOUVER, B.C. & EL CERRITO, Calif. -- June 4, 2013
TELUS Internet data centers just got a lot cooler – literally. TELUS Ventures
has made a venture investment in Vigilent, a Silicon Valley business that
creates sustainable energy management systems for cooling buildings with
electronic equipment that gives off a lot of heat - data centers,
telecommunications switches, and large commercial buildings. Their technology
can cut cooling energy consumption in such buildings by up to half.
The investment by TELUS’ venture capital division follows the successful
deployment of the Vigilent system in three TELUS data centers and several
telecommunications buildings over the last year. Four more data center
conversions are in progress.
“We are proud to be offered the chance to work with TELUS to improve the
energy efficiency and reliability of one of the best telecommunications
networks in the world,” said Mark Housley, Vigilent CEO. “Our close
collaboration with TELUS over the last year has delivered impressive results
and we are enthusiastic about how our joint efforts will make for a more
sustainable planet, while also delivering immediate reductions in energy costs
and significant mitigation of cooling-related risk.”
Established in 2004, Vigilent uses artificial intelligence and wireless
technology to deliver advanced data center infrastructure management (DCIM)
technologies that help clients reduce energy costs, increase equipment
reliability and contribute to a more sustainable planet.
”We feel that this is a very wise investment for our company,” said Mathew
George, vice-president of TELUS Ventures. “We look for investment
opportunities with companies that have both a strong earning potential and are
focused on an area of interest for TELUS – and this one definitely fits the
bill. Not only does Vigilent align with our next-generation cloud computing
strategy, it also supports our commitment to being a leading corporate citizen
and our climate change strategy.”
Lloyd Switzer, TELUS senior vice-president of Network Transformation, added
TELUS has been able to use Vigilent technology to extend its world-class
approach to energy management to make existing facilities far more energy
efficient than previously possible.
“We deployed Vigilent technology into existing data centers and
telecommunications switching buildings and in a week we were able to
dramatically reduce the amount of power they use for cooling,” Switzer said.
As part of TELUS’ next-generation cloud computing strategy, the company
recently opened a new Internet data center in Rimouski and will open a similar
facility in Kamloops this summer. These new centers are among the most
environmentally sustainable, secure, and reliable operations of their kind in
the world. Meeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold
standard, they are designed to use up to 80 per cent less power than a typical
data center of their size. The combination of new highly efficient footprint
plus Vigilent technology deployed in existing facilities provides TELUS with
tools to substantially reduce cooling energy consumption.
Reducing its energy footprint is an important goal for TELUS, and the company
aims to reduce absolute energy consumption by 10 per cent and greenhouse gas
emissions by 25 per cent by 2020 as compared to its 2009 levels.
About TELUS Ventures
TELUS Ventures, the strategic venture investment arm of TELUS, evaluates
companies, markets, management teams and technologies to ensure a fit to
TELUS’ strategy and to maximize financial returns on investment. The Ventures’
team drives success for its portfolio of company investments by actively
facilitating relationships within TELUS and our network of partners.
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in
Canada, with $11 billion of annual revenue and 13.2million customer
connections, including 7.7million wireless subscribers, 3.4million wireline
network access lines, 1.4million Internet subscribers and 712,000 TELUS TV
customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS
provides a wide range of communications products and services, including
wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members
and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to numerous charitable
and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service
to local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS’
local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most
outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of
Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this
prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
About Vigilent Corporation
Vigilent ^ Corporation (vigilent.com) is the leader in intelligent energy
management systems, an essential solution for data center infrastructure
management (DCIM). The company applies advanced Intelligent Analytics
technology to address the real-time energy demands of data centers, colocation
providers, telecommunications facilities, and large buildings. Vigilent
protects uptime through dynamic management of cooling resources, while
delivering significant, immediate reductions in cooling energy costs and
carbon emissions through automated 24/7 monitoring and control of
mission-critical facilities. A privately-held firm located in San Francisco’s
East Bay, Vigilent is committed to green energy solutions that reduce and
inform energy use, making for a more sustainable planet.
Vigilent, the Vigilent logo, Intelligent Analytics, and Intelligent Energy
Management are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Vigilent
Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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