Article by Bill Maile posted on The Tech Blog on 1/25/10

At last month’s Technology Services Board meeting, Office of Technology Services (OTech) Director PK Agarwal reported that the department has been saving $100,000 a month since they vacated part of their aging Cannery Campus last summer. The move from Sacramento to Vacaville is on schedule for the majority of the Campus to be completed by May of this year.

Stakeholders also want to know what exactly the new Vacaville facility, owned by the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF), has to offer. After studying various options to upgrade existing data center facilities, OTech signed a lease to occupy part of SCIF’s brand new facility that’s green, secure and adds value for the State in a number of ways.

The Vacaville Campus will eventually house the computer systems, currently located at the cannery facility, used by state and local agency customers. They include the California Departments of Public Health, Social Services, Health Care Services, Mental Health, the Employment Development Department and others. The systems are used by departments to administer benefits and services to Californians, such as the Women, Infants and Children’s program that provides assistance to its constituents. Keeping the systems online is critical to helping departments fulfill their mission. Like the Cannery, there will be both mainframe and midrange systems on site.

To keep it safe from unwanted intruders, the new facility has the highest caliber security systems. It also has two massive back up generators to maintain uninterrupted power in case there is an electrical outage in the area. There are energy efficient cooling systems that maintain the temperature and humidity in the raised floor server rooms. Solar panels account for 2.5 percent of the total electricity usage, up to 320,00 kWh per year. And, the facility’s overall energy performance is 18 percent above California’s Title 24 Energy Standards, part of which makes it LEED Gold Certified.

Currently, computer equipment is being procured and network lines are being installed so programs will have no interruption to secure, high speed access of data once the center is up and running in May. OTech will implement key technologies and concepts found in the most up to date computing facilities, including server virtualization and remote management.

To help their customers keep up with developments and learn more about the move to Vacaville, the Data Center Project Relocation Team is holding regular forums for its public sector customers who are impacted. The next forum is scheduled for January 28th at 9:00 a.m. at the OTech Training Center at 9323 Tech Center Drive, Suite 100 in Rancho Cordova. Those who want to attend can register here.