Feeds

Super Cali optimistic cloud is now a focus – even though the sound of it is something quite

... Precocious?

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

California has become the first state in the US to shift a massive chunk of its government computing system to the cloud – and dubbed it CalCloud.

"CalCloud is an important step towards providing faster and more cost effective IT services to California state departments and ultimately to the citizens of California," said Marybel Batjer, secretary of the Government Operations Agency, in a canned statement.

Services hosted in the cloud will be supplied on-demand to 400 state departments from government-operated data centers in Sacramento and Vacaville, a spokesman told The Register. In a five-year agreement, IBM train staff in how to roll out those services. After that, California intends to run the system by itself.

The contract will be worth between $40m and $50m to IBM, we're told. However, the spokesman described CalCloud as "revenue neutral" as the state's departments are ultimately paying the state for the computing resources they use. So far 25 departments have signed up for services and another dozen have expressed an interest.

Also included in the deal is AT&T, which will be providing edge networking knowhow and security systems. KPMG will take some dollars in a consultancy role, but the bulk of the cash will go to Big Blue for what is essentially a training contract.

"Transforming how the State of California delivers technology services is not only more efficient and cost effective, it will spur innovation with cloud capabilities that are open and secure," said Erich Clementi, VP of IBM global technology services, in a statement.

"California is setting an example for other states on how to use cloud technology to improve coordination across agencies and municipalities while reducing the barriers and duplication that can impede the delivery of government services." ®

[The headline is a tribute to this great moment in tabloid history. – Ed]

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Ellison: Sparc M7 is Oracle's most important silicon EVER
'Acceleration engines' key to performance, security, Larry says
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Lenovo to finish $2.1bn IBM x86 server gobble in October
A lighter snack than expected – but what's a few $100m between friends, eh?
Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT
Gets back up again after half an hour though
Hey, what's a STORAGE company doing working on Internet-of-Cars?
Boo - it's not a terabyte car, it's just predictive maintenance and that
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.