Data Center Power Play
British Columbia gives new meaning to the phrase "distributed computing." The province covers 95 million hectares and is larger than France and Germany combined. Across this vast space, some 19 separate ministries are responsible for providing services to the Province’s population of over 4 million people.
To help these ministries conduct their work more effectively, the government is currently consolidating an unspecified number of servers from 400 remote offices into 90 data centers, or regional network centers.
So, how is the province linking up all these data centers? Well, the Government is moving away from Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) traffic and now relies mainly on pure IP. However, officials are looking into the possibility of using Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) VPN security technology and running VOIP as an application.
But major server migration schemes cannot be completed overnight, and the province is taking a long-term approach...
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