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Los Angeles moves legacy IT infrastructure to the cloud

The mainframe-based system will transition to the California Department of Technology’s state data centre in Sacramento in a $10.5m modernisation project.

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The move to the cloud will improve the city's ability to serve its citizens
The move to the cloud will improve the city's ability to serve its citizens

The City of Los Angeles’ IT infrastructure will undergo a major transition, moving from its LA-based mainframe to the California Department of Technology’s (CDT) state data centre in Sacramento.

 

It is part of a three-year, $10.5m contract to modernise technology services and state and city IT teams have been working to prepare for the change over the past years.

 

From mainframe to the cloud

 

Factors that attracted the LA to the deal includes the state’s purchasing power for licensing and not having the expense of replacing aging equipment.

 

“For the past five years we have strived to modernise operations through public and private cloud options,” said Ted Ross, information technology agency (ITA) general manager for the city of Los Angeles (LA).

 

“The move to migrate away from our 30-year old legacy system to the state’s secure, cloud-based environment will greatly improve our ability to serve and protect the people of Los Angeles.”

 

City authorities expect this will save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. In addition, it was hard to recruit people to fill the jobs of the city’s rapidly retiring experienced mainframe staff. CDT will provide experienced 24/7 staffing, hardware support, security, and disaster recovery services.

 

“We are pleased to launch this important partnership with the largest city in the state,” said Amy Tong, state chief information officer and CDT director. “CDT will help the city of LA provide more effective and efficient government services to citizens.”

“The move to migrate away from our 30-year old legacy system to the state’s secure, cloud-based environment will greatly improve our ability to serve and protect the people of Los Angeles”

“We’ve been working with the city of Los Angeles for a few years to realise this day,” continued Chris Cruz, state deputy chief information officer and chief deputy director, CDT.

 

“The partnership between CDT and ITA has been a phenomenal experience for all of us, and our staffs are ready for the transfer.”

 

The contract between the two government entities includes an option for three additional years, if required

 

The California Department of Technology said it is committed to partnering with state, local government and educational entities to deliver digital services, develop innovative and responsive solutions for business needs, and provide quality assurance for state government information technology projects and services.

 

The department’s Vision 2020 strategic plan is to create “one digital government delivered securely by a dynamic workforce”.

 

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