Delivering Cloud Services to the State of Texas

Introduction

Most government organizations spend a significant portion of their technology budgets procuring and maintaining information technology (IT) infrastructure, platforms, and applications. Purchasing hardware, upgrading software, and hiring administrators is a major undertaking, often consuming resources needed for other activities.

The State of Texas is setting a progressive example for other state governments by relying on cloud service providers to provision IT resources to dozens of state agencies. Led by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR), the state is creating the Texas Cloud Marketplace, a private cloud that utilizes engineered systems such as Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic to deliver new technology while fulfilling legislative mandates. Oracle is helping to transform the state’s widespread infrastructure, which spans hundreds of databases and tens of thousands of applications. The billion-dollar consolidation project was designed to help 300,000 government employees serve 25 million citizens in a more flexible and cost-effective way (see article in Profit).

The State of Texas leveraged the Oracle Enterprise Architecture Framework to structure the Data Center Services program. Initial business drivers included the following:

  • Establish an IT delivery model that reduces costs, meets demand, and fulfills the state’s legislative goals
  • Set up detailed OpEx business models to meet agency budget constraints
  • Re-align current strategic initiatives and delivery models to match the alternate models establishedin a new Roadmap and Future State Architecture
  • Develop a cloud service provider capability model, business architecture, and operating model for bringing state agencies into the cloud

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