Rio Grande state government plans data centre back-up

The government of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil has announced plans to invest $18.3 million in a new disaster recovery data centre.

Procergs, a state-owned data processing company, is to receive the funds in order to bring its offering up to date and improve its preparedness.

Procergs was launched on 28 December 1972 as the agency charged with carrying out the state’s information technology policy. It operates in all of the state executive bodies and processes millions of transactions daily said to be vital for the good functioning of the state.

Part of the funds will be used to modernise the company's infrastructure, telecommunications and information security. The funds will also go towards the development of another data centre for disaster recovery purposes. The state is aiming to achieve 100 percent availability of its digital services.

A disaster recovery site is a facility an organisation can use to recover and restore its technology infrastructure and operations when its primary data centre becomes unavailable. However, no timescale or capabilities for the new facility have yet been published, nor is it clear who will build it.

According to the Data Centre Dynamics website, in February Rio Grande do Sul suffered a cyberattack that took most of its websites down, including that of Procergs. A group called Paraná Cyber Mafia took responsibility for the attack.

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