The California Department of Technology (CDT) is now offering Microsoft Office 365 (O365).  These new services, a CalCloud Vendor Hosted Subscription Service (VHSS), offer Microsoft Office Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)  Productivity tools, Email and Collaboration tools.

Benefits include:

  • Microsoft Office is licensed per user and can be installed across multiple platforms.
  • The latest version of Microsoft Office will be accessible online.
  • Each user will have 1TB of secure encrypted file storage in the cloud providing ease of access at work, home or on-the-go.
  • Microsoft Email users will have a 50GB mailbox with unlimited Email Archiving and eDiscovery. Data will be encrypted at rest and in transit.
  • Microsoft Collaboration tools include Share Point and Skype for Business (IM, and Video and Voice conferencing).
  • Delegated Provisioning Portal offers customer self-service to provide O365 products to users.

New Services:

Customers have the option of choosing from one of the following three service bundles:

Office 365 Services and Features

G1

G3

G4

Email – Business-class email, calendar and contacts with 50 GB inbox.

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Intranet site & Social Network – Intranet with customizable security setting. Corporate social network to help employees collaborate across department and locations.

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Skype & Instant Messaging – Unlimited online meetings, IM and HD video conferencing up to 250 participants.  Includes Skype for Business app.

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Storage – Personal  File storage and sharing with 1 TB storage per user.

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Version options for Office Suite – Online versions of Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more.

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Applications & Platforms – Fully installed Office applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook Publisher and OneNote on up to 5 PCs or Macs per user.  Office on tablets and phones for the full, installed Office experience on up to 5 tablets and 5 phones.  Up to 15 Office suite installs per user.

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Archiving – Archiving with unlimited storage, Rights Management document level encryption, Data Loss Prevention, Email Encryption and eDiscovery.

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Communication  – Unified Communications to make calls using a PC or mobile device (iOS, Windows Phone, Android) and enhance PBX phone system with the enterprise call capability of Skype for Business.

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The cost of each bundle will depend on each department’s current licensing. If a department already has a Microsoft Enterprise Licensing Agreement ( MELA) with Software Assurance,  the cost will be lower than if a department is purchasing new licenses.  Please refer to our Service Catalog  for more detailed descriptions of these services and the associated rates.

These additional services are currently available and can be obtained through a Service Request.

Upcoming Events:

Three Customer Forums will be held at California State Lottery:

Contact:
If you have questions or need further clarification, please contact your CDT Account Lead by using the Account Lead Lookup, or call the Customer Delivery Division at (916) 431-5476.

The California Department of Technology (CDT) held a CalCloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) End User Forum on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 9AM. More than 70 users from 16 Departments attended the forum in person or virtually. The message throughout the forum was one of change to CDT’s culture, transformational change and transparency.

The forum was kicked off by Chris Cruz, CDT Chief Deputy Director of Operations. Chris level set the audience with a discussion on how the State Data Center is transforming to a service based organization to adjust and accommodate emerging technologies. He also discussed decisions being made on the CalCloud architecture before turning over the podium to Robert Schmidt who was recently hired as the CDT Office of Technology Chief.

image of Hence Philips addressing the user group

Hence Philips of the California Department of Food and Agriculture

Robert discussed the roles and responsibilities for the End User Group participants, and introduced the new End User Group lead, Hence Philips of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Hence provided an end-user perspective on the ins-and-outs of using CalCloud IaaS services.

Kyle Pribilski from IBM and Scott MacDonald, CDT's CalCloud Director

Kyle Pribilski from IBM and Scott MacDonald, CDT’s CalCloud Director

Scott MacDonald, the new CalCloud Director, along with Kyle Pribilski from IBM provided a more transparent approach on the architecture and service offerings of CalCloud. David Langston from OTech Security Management closed with a presentation on security requirements and compliance related to NIST and the FedRAMP framework.

Robert Schmidt and David Langston of CDT

Robert Schmidt and David Langston of CDT

The forum provided an interactive opportunity for departments to better understand the services offered and ask in-depth questions about security, architecture and system migrations to CalCloud.

Future forums will be established on a monthly basis to allow attendees to provide feedback on what has been working and suggest enhancements that would be benefit business and technical needs.

The CalCloud team took the action item to send out a survey to attendees to gather input on improving the End-User Group forums.

The End-User Group slides and additional CalCloud information are available at http://marketing.dts.ca.gov/calcloud/

From left to right: CDT's Chris Cruz, Robert Schmidt, David Langston and Scott MacDonald

From left to right: CDT’s Chris Cruz, Robert Schmidt, David Langston and Scott MacDonald

The California Department of Technology (CDT) CalCloud Vendor Hosted Subscription Services (VHSS) announced the release of the Invitation for Bid (IFB) for Human Resources Supplemental Tools on the Department of General Services bidsync on November 2nd .  This is the first VHSS procurement of a series of service offerings.  Additional procurements will be upcoming for the next series of VHSS lines of business:

  • Learning Management System
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Identity Management

Government customers interested in CalCloud should contact the Department of Technology for more information. http://www.servicecatalog.dts.ca.gov/services/cloud/calcloud/calcloudoverview.html

 

 

 

New Rates

The California Department of Technology (CDT) announced the new rate structure for CalCloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). CDT renegotiated its IaaS contract with IBM, which sharply reduced the rates. Other changes include: additional security features, hybrid services, streamlined processes and more opportunities for vendors to be a part of CalCloud.

Milestones

Based on customer input, the following IaaS service updates have been implemented:

  • AIX service available for tenants as of 10/1.
  • As of 10/7, the Development and Test environments have been implemented for the CalCloud Portal. This enables regression and end-to-end testing as future services are deployed.
  • Tenant server DR Test was completed on 10/16.

Vendor/Partner Forum

On September 21, 2015, CDT hosted a vendor/partner forum to define the improved onboarding process for vendors to participate in CalCloud. The state intends to act as a broker of different cloud services and solutions, offered by multiple cloud providers. Based on customer and vendor input, the first areas to be addressed are

  • HR Supplemental Tools
  • Identify Management
  • Learning Management System
  • Collaboration
  • CRM

There will also be new opportunities for multiple vendors to provide assessment and migration services for onboarding customers into CalCloud. For more information, go to the CalCloud landing page.

Changes to CalCloud come after talking to vendors and State AIOs and CIOs and are being implemented to meet the customer’s IT business needs. These changes also create additional opportunities for companies to compete for the State’s cloud business.

Government customers interested in CalCloud should contact the Department of Technology for more information.

The Department of Technology clarified today that the CalCloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering (in cooperation with and managed by IBM) has implemented a security program which adheres with the framework dictated by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).  Through an in-depth process over the past 18 months, approximately 325 required controls, processes, and documentation have been implemented as proscribed by FedRAMP.  With this announcement, customers utilizing the CalCloud IaaS now have a foundation for their applications to achieve compliance with the National Institute of Standards and Technology security publications, as generally required by many Federal programs, as well as by the California State Administrative Manual.  Public sector customers interested in CalCloud IaaS should contact the Department of Technology for more information.