Liebert Case Study - BLACKIRON Data




BLACKIRON Data has been designing, building and maintaining data centers across Canada for over 15 years, providing colocation services to small-medium business, enterprise and the government.

The Situation

For hosting providers, the data center is the backbone of its business. When BLACKIRON Data, a Canadian hosting, colocation and data center design company of 15 years, set out to build a flagship facility in the prime market of Toronto they knew they wanted to turn heads. BLACKIRON turned to Emerson Network Power to provide the cooling technology for their highly efficient, environmentally-friendly, Tier III and LEED® Silver certified data center.

Prestigious third-party certifications, optimum efficiency and high availability don’t appear overnight. To reach such goals, it takes the right infrastructure provider and solutions. BLACKIRON needed the best in cooling infrastructure to ensure the new data center met their expectations while containing costs and preserving capital.


BLACKIRON has successfully achieved a number of certifications for their Toronto_DC3 facility, including Uptime Institute Tier III certification, PCI DSS, CSAE 3416 Type 2, SSAE 16 SOC Type 2 and ISAE 3402 Type 2 certification and the environmental LEED® Silver certification. These certifications prove that the BLACKIRON facility is not just one-of-a-kind, but the best in the Toronto market.

“We believe that we’re using a superior product for our data center cooling needs, It has allowed us to pursue and successfully achieve a large number of certifications, but it also helped us preserve capital as we built the facility. We didn’t have to start out paying for cooling units that aren’t yet needed – we’ll just add more units later, as we expand.”
- Ron Ethier, Vice President of Data Center and Managed Services at BLACKIRON Data
Case Summary
Location: Toronto, ON
Products and Services: Liebert® DSE™ High-Efficiency Precision Cooling Systems
Liebert DSE room-based cooling units
Liebert EconoPhase™ pumped refrigerant economizers
Liebert MC™ Condensers
Liebert iCOM™ thermal management system controls
Critical Needs: BLACKIRON wanted to be an industry leader by developing a certified, environmentally-friendly, enterprise-class data center that could maintain high availability and generate cost savings for their customers. To do this, it was especially important that BLACKIRON find a cooling solution that could provide optimum efficiency and energy use without sacrificing performance. In addition, BLACKIRON also wanted to avoid using chilled water to minimize its impact on the environment.

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