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State of Utah Cloud Computing Strategy

Cloud computing offers state government a number of potential benefits such as reducing the total cost technology ownership or improving your state’s ability to be respond faster to market opportunities. Utah was the first state to develop a strategy for how it would leverage cloud resources and has leveraged many cloud resources as a way to supplement and add value to traditional compute environments.

The Hybrid Cloud: Bringing Cloud-Based IT Services to State Government (2009)

In 2011, DTS performed a review of the 2009 plan, adding the following objectives:

  • Fully implement cloud email and productivity suite (2011-12)
  • Further enhance the provisioning of infrastructure as a service and platform as a service.
  • Implement a process for identifying and supporting a suite of apps from the apps marketplace that can extend across the state enterprise.
  • Identify cloud-based database environments that can be supported in the cloud.
  • Create a cloud services marketing plan that enables DTS to leverage its investments to benefit local government customers.
  • Partner with other states to leverage the WSCA cloud RFP for shared cloud resources.
  • Collaborate with agencies to identify additional SAAS opportunities.
  • Work towards a consistent, transparent, utilization-based billing model for public and private cloud services.
  • Cloud based management tools for “the internet of things” as it relates to government
  • Develop a strategy for supporting BI in the cloud in a way that supports the delivery of BI resources to mobile devices
  • Clearly define a plan for leveraging existing and future Service Oriented Architecture as part of the overall cloud strategy.

In 2016-17, as part of the Department’s innovation planning, a second review is underway.