Sierra Wireless selects IBM to host its North American Machine-to-Machine (M2M) services platform

Vancouver, Canada-February 04, 2010

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW), has signed a services contract with IBM to host a new services platform dedicated to its software as a service Machine-to-Machine offering (data communication between machines through wired or wireless networks). Under the terms of the agreement, IBM will provide data center collocation facilities and services to Sierra Wireless. In 2008, Sierra Wireless deployed its first platform in France to service the European market. Now it is expanding to support its growth in North America and guarantee stable, secure and worldwide service coverage to its Machine-to-Machine customer base.

Sierra Wireless Solutions and Services provides a truly unique offering to manage any remote equipment, ranging from device management to asset data management based on a comprehensive M2M Services Platform. These hosted and operated machine-to-machine solutions dedicated to operators, device manufacturers and system integrators, have to be supported by an efficient and scalable infrastructure.

Sierra Wireless selected IBM and Rackforce to host the offering at the recently built GigaCenter™ in Kelowna, British Columbia, a new generation of data center which guarantees security, scalability and high availability required by Machine-to-Machine customers to manage more and more wireless-connected devices in the field. Many data centers today are not capable of managing emerging applications and the growth of information being driven by the increasing number of people, places, and things being connected by the Internet every day. Smarter data centers such as the GigaCentre provide greater standardized control over how, where and when data center resources are used, to provide higher levels of service and reliability. 

“We have been looking for a North American hosting service to grow with our business and provide the highest level of services to our M2M customers,” says Emmanuel Walckenaer Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sierra Wireless Solutions & Services “The GigaCenter™  provides flexible space options, metered scalable power, 24/7 remote support, custom security and remote backup. It is perfectly adapted to cover large-scale deployments of machine-to-machine applications and exponential growth of wireless connected devices.”

The state-of-the-art GigaCenter™ is among the greenest and most advanced data centers in the world, using a scalable and highly efficient modular design. Tapping into British Columbia's abundant supply of clean hydroelectric power, the GigaCenter produces less than 1/50th the carbon footprint of conventional data centers powered by coal-fired or natural gas electrical generation plants.

For more information about the Sierra Wireless Solutions & Services offering, please visit To contact the Sierra Wireless Solutions & Services Sales Desk, e-mail [email protected].

About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR – TSX: SW) products connect people and machines to wireless networks around the world. We offer an advanced, comprehensive product line, addressing consumer, enterprise, original equipment manufacturer, and specialized vertical industry markets. We also offer a wide range of professional and operated services. Our solutions are used for mobile computing, transportation, industrial M2M (machine-to-machine), enterprise, residential and consumer communications applications. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit

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