Canada signs Wedge Networks to secure government data centers

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The Canadian government has hired Wedge Networks, a provider of cloud-based security services, to secure its computing infrastructure. The services will be applied within data centers at Shared Services Canada, the government's centralized IT service.

Wedge Networks uses network virtualization, in which key network functions are carried out in software. This helps it to provide security functions including traffic inspection, anti-malware and anti-spam services.

The software controlling these functions, WedgeOS, is designed to protect both servers and endpoints, including mobile devices. The software powers network appliance hardware.

Shared Services Canada, announced in 2011, is the Canadian government's attempt to consolidate its IT into a central department, reducing duplication and making its completing infrastructure more efficient. WedgeOS will protect information in its datacenters as it passes between departments, and the government also hopes to use it when sharing information with other countries.

Wedge is a Canadian company, based in Calgary, Alberta, although it also has offices in San Jose, Calif. and Beijing. The company has been working with the Canadian government under the Build In Canada Innovation Program (BCIP), which was announced in July and designed to kickstart new businesses by commercializing their technologies.

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