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IT firm feels left out after MPI picks Ontario for data centre

Mnnitoba Public Insurance is moving its data centre to Ontario, disappointing players in the local information technology sector who hoped it might have been the catalyst for a home-grown cloud computing facility. MPI has contracted with IBM to provide mirror data storage in two facilities in Markham and Barrie, Ontario. Brian Smiley, a spokesman for the Crown corporation auto insurer, said after the corporation evaluated its IT needs, they were determined to be antiquated. "We considered the financial resources required to bring it up to speed and looked for options," he said "We looked at Manitoba vendors at the time and unfortunately, no one was able to meet our needs."

The contract with IBM will ensure MPI records for the more than 900,000 vehicles registered in the province and more than 770,000 licensed drivers will be stored in two different facilities, so if there is a catastrophic failure in one site, the same data will be available in the other. 

Source: Winnipeg Free Press

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