New data center in Rio expected to be operational by 1H13

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A new Rio de Janeiro state data center, being made with funding and consultancy assistance from the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), is expected to be ready by the first half of 2013, a representative from Rio state data firm Proderj told BNamericas, confirming local media reports.

Proderj is currently receiving qualification proposals and documents from US firms interested in providing technical assistance for the project. Under the terms of the agreement between USTDA and Proderj, only US firms are allowed to submit bids.

All projects will then be referred to USTDA, which will assess them and indicate those that best qualify. The next step is preparing the terms of the tender by Proderj, which has the final word in the process.

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In July, USTDA granted Proderj US$675,000 for a feasibility study on developing the new data center. The goal is to coordinate all Rio de Janeiro state data through a single and unified facility.

The feasibility study is also intended to review the state's overall IT strategy, providing recommendations and standards to ensure that all future systems coordinate with the new data center.

Online publication Convergência Digital quoted Proderj president Paulo Coelho as saying during a cloud conference in Rio de Janeiro that the state's other data centers and smaller data facilities will not go out of service, but will be used as backup and support during peak data traffic.

Also, commenting on the use of cloud computing, Coelho said it is necessary to define issues concerning information confidentiality and privacy, which will be carried out through a regulatory framework being designed by the federal government.