State of California: A Model for Government Cloud Computing

As a native Californian, I’m really proud of the fact that the State of California is the eighth largest economy in the world.  I feel very fortunate to live in a state with a rich abundance of natural resources. 


In case you’re not familiar with California, here are a few key facts about the “Golden State”:


  • Over 38 million people live in California
  • California is over 158,706 square miles
  • California is bigger than eighty-five of the smallest nations in the world
  • California is home to 18 natural forests and  278 (1.5 million acres)  state parks and beaches


So who is responsible for the daunting task of managing natural resources that spans 150,000+ square miles and 38 million people?  The California State Resources Agency (CNRA). With over 29 organizations, CNRA provides real-time information to make important decisions and respond quickly to natural disasters.  The Agency’s mission is to protect, restore and manage California’s natural resources.


In the past, CNRA’s systems took up to a month to load critical data. The slow and inflexible infrastructure, rising service demands, and high CAPEX and OPEX costs drove CNRA to consider other business models. As a result, they selected NetApp to help them build and deploy a new private cloud infrastructure that would provide the flexibility to accommodate all 29 organizations.  Here are a few of the incredible results of CNRA's private cloud  deployment based on NetApp technology.

 To learn more about how the State of California became a model for government cloud computing by “operating at the speed of citizens”, go to:    (executive summary) (technical case study)  (case study video)


Gavin Newsom thinks California should be in the cloud and further, He said executive orders are meant to spur the state into action and added that. He agreed with Newsom that government needs to change its business model. Changing computer systems to comply with new standardization of cloud computing and cloudwedge. thanks

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I heard Gavin Newsom talk about Cloud Computing at the CiscoLive event this summer.  It's really great to see that some of the California leadership comprehends the significance and the magnitude of Cloud Computing.  Kudos to the State of California for being a front runner for a new, and much more impactful busines model.