(The Hosting News) – You may be quite aware of the plan in the United States to save money by closing federal data centers. Well, now, Canada is planning its own data center consolidation. According to a release by the Canadian government, the country plans to move from having around 300 data centers to just below twenty, accounting for closures of around 280 data centers.
Along with the plan, the Canadian government will also move from 100 email systems to just one. The newly consolidated services will be placed under “Shared Services Canada,” a new organization.
It’s a pretty large consolidation effort. However, it really comes as no surprise. As technology advances, it becomes more compact, requiring less space. Then there’s the economic factor that should be taken into account.
Commenting on the matter in a press release, Canadian Minister of Public Works and Government Services Rona Ambrose stated, “Canadians work hard for their money and expect our Government to manage taxpayers dollars responsibly.”
Portion of the release on the matter states, “This will improve services to Canadians, make IT more secure and reliable, and save taxpayers’ dollars in line with the Government of Canada’s plan to return to balanced budgets.”
The move comes as the country looks strengthen its economy in the wake of the worldwide economic crisis. In the United States alone, the U.S. government is planning to close 373 data centers by sometime next year. Earlier this year, Meritalk, an IT research group estimated that the U.S. could save nearly eighteen billion from closures in the United States.
You can find more information here at Canada News Centre.