Federal agency launches massive project to consolidate sprawling email systems

OTTAWA – A federal agency has launched the next phase of a massive project to consolidate hundreds of thousands of government email accounts under one umbrella.

The initiative will begin to herd some 640,000 email boxes, spread across hundreds of servers, in a bid to rationalize a balkanized system that’s inefficient, costly and vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Shared Services Canada, a giant agency created last year to bring order to the federal government’s sprawling IT empire, has sent out an industry notice asking for the qualifications of interested firms.

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