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Reliable, flexible and secure shared services at reduced cost

SACRAMENTO – The California Office of Technology Services (OTech) released an Invitation For Bid (IFB) today for the State’s first private cloud service offering.  Reliable, efficient and secure, CalCloud will be located at the State data centers in Rancho Cordova and Vacaville and will be available to customers by January 2014.  Bid deadline is August 26, 2013.

“This IFB is the first step in providing our government customers a cloud service that is flexible and secure, that will reduce cost and increase efficiencies to better serve Californians,” said OTech Director Ron Hughes.

CalCloud is a public-private partnership which will leverage the strengths of both sectors to increase operational efficiencies across the board.  CalCloud’s infrastructure will be supplied and managed by a private cloud service provider, while all services will be managed by OTech.

“CalCloud will significantly change the way IT services are delivered in California government, lower costs, as well as give local governments direct access to cloud services that they can’t leverage today,” said Director Hughes. “We specifically structured the CalCloud contract to require knowledge transfer on cloud based IT services from the vendor, so OTech employees can gain experience with this efficient delivery method.”

Key features of OTech’s private cloud service offering include:

  • No cost to the State:  This is a provisioning based contract and government customers only pay for what they use.
  • Highly secure:  This private cloud will meet all of the compliance requirements for HIPPA, PCI, DSS, IRS, SS, FIPS, NIST, Fed Ramp, etc.
  • No data located outside of State control:  All data remains in the State data centers in Rancho Cordova and Vacaville.
  • Disaster Recovery: DR services are available for customers.
  • Flexible:  Customers can design their system to the level of availability required for their application.
  • Scalable to workload:  Resources can be scaled up during busy times and scaled back during slow times.
  • Self-provisioning: Customers can assign resources as they see necessary.
  • Highly Standardized/Highly Virtualized Environment: This will lower costs and reduce support requirements.

The California Office of Technology Services (OTech) is one of three offices within the California Technology Agency. It provides information technology services to more than 500 State, county, federal and local government entities. Through the use of a secure and state-of-the-art statewide network, OTech delivers a variety of services including computing, networking, electronic messaging and training, allowing governments the ability to provide streamlined, secure, cost effective and quality services to all Californians. The OTech Service Catalog is available at:

The Private Cloud Service Invitation For Bid is available at: