IBM and the California Department of Technology have launched the CalCloud, a $400m technology system that unites local agencies while saving spend and minimising risk through a subscription service.
Local US government agencies will be able to use and access the CalCloud on a subscription basis, and according to IBM this is the first such state-level system in the US.
While before the state would be using a patchwork of different systems, now they will be able to subscribe to a common one with additional availability and backup systems. IBM called it a "common pool of computing resources", and California welcomed it.
Marybel Batjer, secretary of the Government Operations Agency, said: "CalCloud is an important step towards providing faster and more cost-effective IT services to California state departments and ultimately to the citizens of California."
IBM said 20 state departments have requested CalCloud services already. It added that the CalCloud system gives departments the choice to scale up and down as and when they need to. CalCloud is described as being easy to configure, cloud standard compliant and highly secure.
Erich Clementi, SVP, IBM global technology services, said: "Transforming how the State of California delivers technology services is not only more efficient and cost effective, it will spur innovation with cloud capabilities that are open and secure.
"California is setting an example for other states on how to use cloud technology to improve coordination across agencies and municipalities while reducing the barriers and duplication that can impede the delivery of government services."
IBM's recent revenues included gains in software and cloud services as Big Blue looks to drive future growth from this exploding area of IT demand.
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