The systems will be available to any government agency for free, eliminating the need for each agency to seek individual contracts for things such as off-site data storage, web hosting and data sharing.
"For example, if a government agency needs to implement a new project and needs IT resources, like a server, rather than having to go out a buy it, individually, BIT will already have those resources," BIT Director
Molloy said the servers will be owned by
The data on the servers will be duplicated in real time to servers outside the territory, creating a back-up for the government's IT systems.
The government's financial management system, the Enterprise Resource Planning System, will not only be backed up by the new servers, if the ERP system were to crash, it could still be operated using the off-site back up.
"It enables the government to enable business continuity and disaster recovery procedures," Molloy said. "They can back it up, they can replicate it to this network."
Molloy said the new system will be good for databases, automating functions within a government agency, sharing information and collaborating on projects and providing secure back-ups.
He said a recent request came from an agency that wanted to contract a vendor to implement a document imaging system. The
"It allows us to be very flexible and agile to respond to government agencies' IT needs," Molloy said.
The funding for the
"One of the ways of cutting cost, yet increasing efficiency, is through consolidation," Molloy said.
The bureau is rolling out new initiatives slowly to give government employees time to adjust. In
In January, the
In April, the government moved its email system to the cloud with
"With the infrastructure and these IT resources, we'll be able to improve our telephone system across the territory," he said.
It is a slow process, but departments and agencies that have had their own IT systems in place for years are making the move toward a consolidated government system.
"More and more agencies are coming on board every day," Molloy said.
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