Carta Worldwide has opened the doors to its new Atlantic Technology Centre. This state-of-the-art facility can house 20+ staff that will provide 24/7 support and development for current and future North American business expansion.
Carta Worldwide has opened the doors to its new Atlantic Technology Centre. This state-of-the-art facility can house 20+ staff that will provide 24/7 support and development for our current and future North American business expansion.
The facility also houses Carta’s new Data Centre, which features state-of-the-art technology, including 3Par Storage Solutions, along with the latest generation of HP & IBM servers.
“Carta is proud to open its new data centre in PEI” said Rui Mendes, Carta Worldwide’s CTO. Adding: “We are consolidating our state of the art, next generation technology with a well planned and highly efficient infrastructure. Our new data centre will be highly scalable and capable of millions of transactions per second. Because of our leadership in mobile payments, specifically Host Card Emulation (HCE) with Remote Secure Element (RSE) for NFC, we are anticipating and planning for high transaction volume loads. Our ‘active-active’ site will solve many issues encountered with traditional data centres.”
Brian Semkiw, CEO of Carta Worldwide comments: “There are many programs, especially those related to government programs, that require Canadian data centres and Canadian storage. This new centre will be the first active-active, high volume data centre of its kind in North America.”
Some notable facility features include:
- Electrical – the centre offers a flexible array of electrical circuit configurations customized to Carta’s needs. Power is supplied by redundant APC and Powerware UPSs which are then backed up by a 550KVA Cat diesel generator.
- Cooling & Environmental – ATC provide’s Carta with redundant N+1 cooling, distrubuted through a raised subfloor. Following the traditional hot aisle / cold aisle methodology to efficiently cool Carta’s equipment. A room temperature of 19 °C and a humidity level of 50% is maintained. There are an array of sensors in the data centre that monitor changes in environmental levels (such as humidity, water, temperature, smoke, etc…) that notify the team before a serious problem can occur. Fire-suppression is provided by a dry-pipe pre–action system, limiting the damage that would occur to equipment in the case of a fire.
- Security – Entry into the facility is controlled through a multi-door entry point using proximity access cards giving our employees 24/7 access to our data centre. The facility is monitored 24/7 with digital video surveillance to ensure our equipment is safe. Carta has a secure locked room, with access only provided to Carta employee’s for all server equipment.
- Data / ISPs – There are multiple fiber entry points into the building from multiple ISPs. In addition, there is a high level of Internet redundancy with a dual router / dual ISP configuration (BGP connectivity between Bell Aliant and Eastlink).
Working closely with the Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency & Innovation PEI, Carta will build a strong presence in the community. Carta also plans to foster a strong relationship with the University of PEI’s Computer Science and Information Technology groups and graduates – providing employment and co-op opportunities to some of the brightest minds PEI and Canada have to offer.