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Data Center Power Play

The Government of British Columbia in Canada is now more than halfway through a major data center consolidation project.

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 Provinces 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.

Although there is no specific figure for the number of servers involved, estimates suggest that more than 400 servers are being migrated. The majority of these servers are Windows-based, although the province also employs a number of machines running the Unix and Linux operating systems.

This is a real mix of hardware, with the Government using servers from a range of vendors, although Hewlett-Packard Co., Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), and IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) are the predominant suppliers.

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