IBM has won a significant contract with the state of California to supply 400 state and local agencies with cloud services.
Under the deal, IBM will power the infrastructure behind CalCloud, a new government cloud platform that is available to municipal, state and local agencies on a subscription basis. So far, more than 20 state departments have requested IT services through the platform.
CalCloud is expected to save government agencies money as they are able to pool resources. While government agencies in the US are moving to more cloud services to save resources and increase efficiency, security still remains a concern. The Department of Defense has been talking about moving to the cloud for years, for example, but has stalled as it examines its current infrastructure and security challenges. Government cloud spending is expected to reach more than $5 billion in 2017.
“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,” Marybel Batjer, Secretary of the Government Operations Agency said.
IBM will manage the cloud infrastructure, while the California Department of Technology will manage all other aspects of the service.
“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,” Erich Clementi, Senior Vice President, IBM Global Technology Services said. “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.”
IBM was granted FedRAMP approval for its SmartCloud platform last year. The company has provided won cloud service contracts with several government agencies, including a $1 billion contract with the US Department of Interior.
CalCloud also includes a partnership with AT&T, which will provide network services, and IT consulting firms Alexan International and KPMG to help with migration and adoption of the new service.