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About ECN

The NB/PEI Educational Computer Network (ECN), founded in 1970, connects all of the universities in the eastern Canadian provinces of New Brunswick (NB) and Prince Edward Island (PEI).

The mission of the ECN consortium is to ensure high quality Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services for all their members.

Here is a map of eastern Canada which shows the location of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island in relation to the state of Maine and the provinces of Nova Scotia and Quebec.

"1970 October New Brunswick Educational Computer Network is formed, and later renamed the New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Educational Network. It is still operating." - This quote is the very first entry in The Canadian Internet Timeline printed in the "Canadian Internet Handbook", 1995 edition, by Jim Carroll and Rick Broadhead, published by Prentice Hall Canada.

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August 22nd, 2016

Data Centre consolidation means big savings for higher-ed sector in NB and PEI

Mount Allison University and St. Thomas University will see cost savings in their IT departments after consolidating some of their IT equipment and services at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) data centre.

The data centre consolidation project will save approximately $120,000 in data centre support annually for the two schools combined. Much of this is attributed to reallocation of staff time to other priorities, but at least $25,000 in savings will result from lower licensing and hardware costs, plus reduced power consumption and facility maintenance.

“Mount Allison and St. Thomas universities have long shared data centre facilities in an effective and efficient partnership. This latest initiative takes collaboration to the next level, by locating these services at the newly renovated UNB data centre,” says Mount Allison President Robert Campbell, chair of the New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Educational Computer Network (ECN). “We enjoy a high level of co-operation and collaboration across IT units in our region, which makes possible this highly innovative and cost-effective strategy.”

Mount Allison previously hosted St. Thomas’s IT services in its own data centre, but aging facilities and significant hardware renewal costs prompted the IT directors from both schools to seek a new home for their IT infrastructure. Knowing that UNB was investing in improvements to its data centre, the directors proposed consolidating their equipment there.

“By housing key IT infrastructure including servers, data storage, and backups at UNB, Mount Allison and St. Thomas eliminate the need for maintaining their own data centres, while enjoying completely autonomous access to and control of their IT environments,” says Terry Nikkel, associate vice-president, information technology services at UNB.

“All three schools are members of a consortium of higher-ed institutions in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island called the Educational Computer Network,” added Nikkel. “We work very well together and for many years have helped each other reduce costs and become more efficient, to the point where we can consolidate high-stakes services such as computing infrastructure, confident that individual institutional needs will still be met.”

Other members of the consortium are also moving IT services to UNB.

July 5th, 2016

February 3rd, 2016

UNB’s newly renovated data centre builds the foundation for the next level of shared IT Services in NB/PEI higher education..

June 26th, 2015

NB/PEI ECN receives an award as CUCCIO presents the award winners at CANHEIT 2015..

May 11th, 2015

CUCCIO is proud to announce the finalists for the inaugural CUCCIO Awards, celebrating collaboration, innovation and community building in Canadian higher education IT. NB/PEI ECN shared services project makes the list.