CalCloud: Is It Right for You?

The cloud has arrived in California! The recent implementation of CalCloud creates a private cloud service hosted by the State of California and available to government agencies and municipalities across all levels. Using a self-service portal, CalCloud provides an on-demand pool of shared compute resources, including disaster recovery, storage and memory, backup, and encryption, that can be rapidly provisioned and released. As part of a public-private partnership with the State of California, CalCloud’s service model enables government entities to share a common pool of computing resources and operate more efficiently.


While this platform in now available to all state and local government agencies, the question remains: Is CalCloud right for your hosted solution?


Consider this:


Security CalCloud never leaves the State’s control and meets stringent security standards based on the National Institute of Standards (NIST) for cloud-based services and the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). Hosted in a multi-tenant architecture in two tier III data centers in Northern California, CalCloud is under constant security surveillance by the State ISO. Not only are all base security controls derived from ISO/ICE 17002 and FedRAMP, but all CalCloud tenants must follow HIPAA and SAS70 requirements.


Data privacy Still concerned about cloud security and privacy? CalCloud has gone above and beyond to ensure that your data is secure. The CalCloud account holder is the sole owner of data, and all administrative access controls are at their discretion. Firewalls keep data protected from all other entities, both inside and outside CalCloud. The virtualization kernel physically prevents other tenants from accessing, intermingling, or leaking data within the cloud infrastructure.


Expense model Under CalCloud, the nature of IT expenses changes, shifting from the traditional capital expenditure (CAPEX) model – buying dedicated hardware that depreciates over time –  to a pay-as-you-go operating expense (OPEX) model. This new model helps consumers control expenses by utilizing only what they need.


In general, storing data on a cloud server is ideal for any type of enterprise because it lowers the cost of physical server environments. Allowing consumers to cut costs by employing the provided economies of scale and accessing detailed reports that provide use and corresponding information make CalCloud economically sound.


Available hardware and software programs CalCloud is a virtual compute provider, allowing one computer to act and perform like many computers. Currently, CalCloud supports Microsoft Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and IBM AIX operating systems.


Reduced support staff Enterprises using CalCloud can expect a reduced need for support staff, as the majority of low-level infrastructure management tasks are performed by the State ISO. These tasks include: storage, power, operating system patching, and physical and internal security. CalCloud also allows state and local government entities the ability to buy only the computing resources needed, with the flexibility to scale up or down resources to meet workload demands.


Availability and service level agreements CalCloud plans to meet or exceed 99.9% availability. Currently, the Service Level Agreements are close to finalization.


Network connectivity topology All users can log on to CalCloud via a web-based, self- service portal. This portal is available from all remote locations, making accessing data easier than ever.


Flexible models Consumers can operate their current production environment as well as leverage CalCloud for development and testing activities. CalCloud can be utilized for specific business applications and support mission-critical custom applications and associated infrastructure.


If you’ve considered utilizing the cloud, look no further: CalCloud’s new technology model makes it adaptable to many different businesses, and its flexibility in use, payment, and models makes CalCloud a “can’t miss opportunity.” Providing services for any State of California government agencies and municipalities is now easier than ever, especially with the right systems integrator to ensure project success.


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