The State of California defines a new model for cloud services in government.



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State of California

Cloud computing strategy boosts service levels 70% and sets new standards for IT.

California is the eighth largest economy in the world, and protecting the state’s resources is a responsibility that impacts not only the people of California, but people around the world. Since developing an internal private cloud solution built on NetApp, the California Natural Resources Agency has become a model for government cloud computing.

Demand for services continues to grow while capital and operational expenditures for overall agency information technology have dropped 42% and 35%, respectively. The massive cloud computing deployment at CNRA has also transformed decision-making by breaking down information silos and enabling horizontal access to data across departments.

With California facing its worst drought on record, the change could not have come at a better time. At the Department of Water Resources, fast access to more than 100 years of data—on everything from water flows and soil erosion to climate change and population growth—is critical to keeping the water flowing. The new shared-services infrastructure has tripled the agency’s data storage capacity, giving engineers, scientists, hydrologists, and external stakeholders on-demand access to current and historical data for projections and forecasting. “With our old systems, it could take up to 30 days to load the data they needed,” explains Tony Morshed, chief operation officer at the Department of Water Resources. “In a crisis situation like this one, our customers can’t wait 30 days for data. They need that data today to know what to do tomorrow.”

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State of California

The California Natural Resources Agency consists of 29 departments whose mission is to restore, protect, and manage the state’s natural, historical, and cultural resources for current and future generations using creative approaches and solutions based on technology, science, and collaboration.

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