California is moving its IT services to a cloud, on-demand, subscription-based service that state officials believe may meet as much as 80% of its computing needs.

IBM has created the cloud-based service, operating in state-run data centers, under a five-year contract. The system went online July 10.

Operating a statewide cloud is new for California, and something they have no experience with, said Ron Hughes, the state’s chief deputy CIO of operations. But as part of the contract, IBM is also obligated to train state workers to operate the cloud service, “so by the end of the contract, we can do it,” Hughes said.
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