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IBM & California Partner On Private Cloud

CalCloud, the State of California's private cloud managed by IBM, aims to streamline services for 400 state and local government agencies.

Government agencies aren't the first group that come to mind as cloud computing trailblazers, but the State of California is investing in its own private cloud to help unclog the government service bottlenecks that occur all too frequently in America's most populated state.

"CalCloud" is a collaboration between the California Department of Technology and IBM to offer cloud services to state and local government agencies using a subscription model based on usage.

IBM manages CalCloud's pool of IT resources -- compute, networking, storage, and disaster recovery -- using its orchestration software called IBM Service Delivery Manager (ISDM). The company is also training state employees on how to use CalCloud. The CalCloud infrastructure is located at data centers in Rancho Cordova and Vacaville, Calif., so the data stays in the state's control. The state Department of Technology is supplying the floor space, power/cooling, network connectivity, and management at the data center sites. IBM is providing, and retains ownership of, the IT infrastructure.

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Using an IBM portal, a state or local agency can customize the computing it gets from CalCloud. An agency starts with a base server bundle and can select different options to fit its needs.

The CalCloud concept is the first of its kind to be implemented in the US at the state level, according to IBM. The main benefits of CalCloud for government IT workers is they can scale up or down to match workload requirements. Today, hundreds of state and local agencies rely on siloed, legacy IT systems. The CalCloud service model lets government entities share a pool of computing resources with quick access to modern back-end services that will help them operate more efficiently than they do today within their own systems.

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CalCloud is currently an IaaS offering. In its roadmap, IBM said it plans to have support for PaaS and SaaS offerings within CalCloud.  

The benefit for California residents, if enough of the state's agencies use CalCloud, is they will have a single sign-on system for state and local government services. Single sign-on will authenticate users to access services that usually require individual registrations.

"With single sign-on, citizens get a consistent view of who they are across different state services and what services they're eligible for," says Dan Pelino, GM for IBM's global public sector. "If you're applying for a license or permit or changing your address on one service, it's applied to all of them because they'll all be on one platform."

California has 400 state departments and local government entities that are served by the state's Department of Technology. Because these agencies mostly manage their own infrastructures today, "there's a lot of redundancy, a lot of vendors to manage, a lot of backup and recovery," says Pelino. "It creates too many islands of information, and it's expensive to manage." 

The State of California and IBM have organized seminars and events promoting CalCloud to state and local agencies. The state will let the agencies decide whether to use CalCloud. So far, 20 agencies – including the Employment Development Department, one of the largest state departments -- have begun to migrate from their legacy infrastructures to the CalCloud service.

CalCloud meets security standards based on National Institute of Standards (NIST) for cloud-based services and FedRAMP, a program that provides standards for security assessment, authorization, and monitoring for cloud services for the federal government.

In addition to IBM, CalCloud partners include AT&T, which will provide network services for the core and edge networks. IT consulting firms Alexan International and KPMG are also helping with migration to CalCloud.

New standards, new security, new architectures. The Cloud First stars are finally aligning for government IT. Read the Cloud Hits Inflection Point issue of InformationWeek Government Tech Digest today.

Shane O'Neill is Managing Editor for InformationWeek. Prior to joining InformationWeek, he served in various roles at CIO.com, most notably as assistant managing editor and senior writer covering Microsoft. He has also been an editor and writer at eWeek and TechTarget. ... View Full Bio

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batye
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batye,
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7/26/2014 | 8:42:37 AM
Re: Sandbox environment
technology changing overnight... no one knows everything :) others opinion knowledge is important...

we learn as we share knowledge :)
Ashu001
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Ashu001,
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7/26/2014 | 6:42:59 AM
Re: Is CalCloud intended primarily for public-facing apps?
MDMConsult,

SSO definitely makes things much simpler for Consumers today.

Trying to go for Two and even Multi-factor Authentication makes things way too complex which ends up complicating things and making user experience unneccesarily unpleasant.

This needs to stop today else consumers will just swear off the whole process entirely.

Regards

Ashish.
Ashu001
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Ashu001,
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7/26/2014 | 6:39:28 AM
Re: Sandbox environment
Bateye,

I am really surprised to hear this from you!

You are easily one of the smartest commenters/commentators on Informationweek today;I thought you would actually help me answer my Question.

I guess,not everybody can know everything about Technology right?

LOL!

Please keep contributing regularly to Informationweek;I always learn a lot from your work.

Regards

Ashish.
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7/25/2014 | 11:48:02 AM
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"Using an IBM portal, a state or local agency can customize the computing it gets from CalCloud. An agency starts with a base server bundle and can select different options to fit its needs." This is very much the approach the US IT leaders have been advocating at the national level for at least 3 years. Seems California has gotten it done faster than the Fed agencies.
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Gigi3,
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7/25/2014 | 6:19:48 AM
State governments for Cloud Technology
Shane, now a day's government departments are also making use of cloud technology and state of California is the latest one adding the list. What type of cloud is setting by IBM; Hybrid or private or public cloud?
MDMConsult14
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MDMConsult14,
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7/25/2014 | 5:04:00 AM
Re: Is CalCloud intended primarily for public-facing apps?
SSO lets the user have more control. Single-sign on solutions can also give mroe control for the user for communications. I like the aspect that SSO can be flexible enough to add and delete users and tap into group features for conversations.
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7/25/2014 | 4:59:31 AM
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There are still issues with customer retention. The challenges could be resolved by improvements earlier in the process ike with adoption, testing customer metrics and looking at costs which are lower to maintain such issues. The right cloud solutions are reliable and save costs. These solutions should be suited for the optimized environment.
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batye
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batye,
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7/24/2014 | 8:54:37 PM
Re: Sandbox environment
same question here :) I would like to know more... as this technology develops and grow...
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Charlie Babcock,
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7/24/2014 | 8:53:36 PM
Single sign-on? When does it arrive?
As a California resident, it's great news that single sign-on is available through CalCloud but I wonder which state agencies are using it. Single sign-on is pie in the sky until, lets say, the Department of Motor Vehicles, State Parks, University of California, boat registration and fishing, game and wildlife permit processes or some other mix of state agencies all use it. What's going to be available--this yaer?
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