BCE Inc.’s Bell Aliant announced Monday that its new data centre in Saint John, N.B. is now fully functional and open for business. The new $25 million data centre met the Tier III certification from the Uptime Institute, which “requires that the engineering design and commissioning of the facility is executed to a specific standard,” said spokeswoman Katherine VanBuskirk in an e-mail. Only one out of 11 centres in Canada hold this “gold standard for data centres”, the release stated. "We are particularly proud of this facility. 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,” said Dan McKeen, vice chair and senior vice-president of residential services, in the release. The release said the data centre was built to withstand all weather conditions and includes components such as controlled access and security, strong and reliable infrastructure to hold mass amounts of data and information, and better scalability to provide for future demands and requirements.