USTDA grants US$675k to Proderj for data center study

Friday, July 8, 2011

The US Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a US$675,000 grant to Rio de Janeiro state data company Proderj for a feasibility study to develop a new data center, the entities said in separate statements.

In the last four years, government demands for processing capacity and storage have increased by 250% and 400%, respectively. These figures are expected to increase even more in preparation for major sports events that Rio will host.

The data center will allow Rio's government to improve communication and services between state agencies.

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

The next step is launching a bidding process to choose a company to take charge of the executive project for the data center. The USTDA will shortlist interested companies for Proderj to make the final choice. The winning company will have six months to complete the project.

Information regarding the bidding conditions to carry out the USTDA-funded feasibility study will be on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website.

The feasibility study will follow international best practices on security and a modern vision of cloud computing, so state servers can access systems and databases anywhere, according to Proderj VP Alexandre Gitahy.

In April 2010, Proderj started working in association with the USTDA to finance the planning for the new data center.