Government of Canada opens new, state-of-the-art enterprise data centre

BORDEN, ON, Sept. 17, 2018 /CNW/ - Canadians expect modern, reliable and secure online Government of Canada services. Shared Services Canada (SSC), Defence Construction Canada (DCC) and the Department of National Defence (DND) are proud to officially open a new enterprise data centre (EDC) in Borden, Ontario.

EDC Borden is a state-of-the-art data centre that:

  • supports federal government online program and service delivery to Canadians;
  • provides greater physical and cyber security for Canadians' personal information; and,
  • offers a long-term IT solution for Government of Canada growth and Canadians' growing use of digital services.

This project is a result of strong collaboration between SSC, DCC and DND. It also serves as an example of the Government of Canada's investments in:

  • green infrastructure and a cleaner environment; and,
  • a stronger economy, by creating infrastructure and construction jobs for Canadians.

The Government of Canada is closing outdated legacy data centres as it opens faster, more secure and more reliable enterprise data centres.

Quotes

"This new facility is another great example of government partners working together. Such modern federal information technology infrastructure provides better value and security, improves service delivery for Canadians and greens government."

– Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

"Our government is investing in new information technology infrastructure to enhance and protect Canada's information systems. The strong partnership between National Defence, Shared Services Canada and Defence Construction Canada is key to the success of this important project, which will help keep Canada strong at home, secure in North America and engaged in the world."

– Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

Quick Facts

  • In May 2016, the Government of Canada awarded a 25-year, $322M public-private partnership contract to UIP GP to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the new EDC Borden.
  • The new EDC Borden can handle 10 times more information technology workload than the previous data centre.
  • EDC Borden is designed to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Silver certification level rating for new construction from the Canada Green Building Council, a worldwide green building certification program. This green building will save large amounts of energy and water.
  • EDC Borden will eliminate the need for maintenance shutdowns. This means fewer interruptions of services to Canadians.

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Backgrounder

Enterprise Data Centre Borden

Data Centres

Shared Services Canada (SSC) defines data centres as one or more servers in a room of at least 9 m2 (100 square feet) with its own power or air conditioning. Data centres operate and manage:

  • telecommunications networks
  • data processing systems
  • centralized data storage
  • equipment such as servers, network switches and mainframes

SSC has two types of data centres:

  • Legacy Data Centres are older facilities that serve individual departments or a group of departments.
  • Enterprise Data Centres are newer, larger state-of-the-art facilities that serve the entire federal government and eliminate the need for maintenance shutdowns.

SSC is moving content from many older legacy data centres into fewer enterprise data centres and cloud platforms. This improves how the Government of Canada delivers secure benefits payments and provides important border security and weather forecasting services for Canadians.

A successful partnership

The new Enterprise Data Centre (EDC) Borden is the result of SSC, Defence Construction Canada and the Department of National Defence working together.

It is also a key element in SSC's transformation of the Government of Canada's information technology (IT) infrastructure. In May 2016, the Government of Canada awarded a 25-year, $322M public-private partnership contract to UIP GP to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the EDC Borden. This helps SSC to fulfil its mandate to modernize the Government's IT infrastructure, improve service delivery and increase protection against physical and cyber security threats.

Benefits to Canadians

  1. No maintenance service disruptions. The new EDC Borden is certified for
    Tier III Topology from the Uptime Institute, an internationally recognized leader for data centre standards and certification. This eliminates the need to shutdown the facility for maintenance activities and leads to better service delivery to Canadians.
  2. Better security. This new facility provides greater physical and cyber security for Canadians' personal information.
  3. Green infrastructure for a cleaner environment. EDC Borden is designed to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Silver certification level rating for new construction from the Canada Green Building Council, a worldwide green building certification program. This green building is 25% more energy efficient and does not require water to cool the facility.

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