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Canadian Tire unveils new cloud computing centre in Winnipeg

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The new Canadian Tire Cloud Computing Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba will be one of the most advanced centres of its kind in North America.

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Canadian Tire Corporation revealed its new Cloud Nine Digital Innovation Centre in the Air Canada Centre today.

The high-tech downtown Winnipeg facility houses all of the technology the company needs to make its websites and online stores run quickly.

"We believe that the future of commerce is digital," said Canadian Tire Corporation chief technology officer Eugene Roman.

Roman said the new data centre has a computer which is the most powerful and only computer of its kind in the country.

"It can do things that would take eight to 12 weeks in 12 minutes."

The $50-million facility will also host 50 new Winnipeg-based employees who will develop apps for the company’s retail outlets including Canadian Tire, Mark’s and Sport Chek.

danelle.cloutier@freepress.mb.ca

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