Educational Technology

December 28, 2011

Shared and Regional Services Are on the Rise

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

By David Raths, Government Technology

Early last year, Montana CIO Dick Clark was driving down Interstate 90 west of Missoula when he had an epiphany. He and other state CIOs had just been talking about their experiences negotiating with cloud computing vendors. Clark pulled off the road and had his administrative assistant call Oregon CIO Dugan Petty and Utah CIO Steve Fletcher to set up a brief conference call. “Right there, by the side of the road, I explained to them I wanted to work on a request for information with cloud storage vendors to pool our purchasing power.” Clark’s big idea was for the states to band together and purchase cloud storage in volume, driving down each state’s costs. “I thought we could start with GIS, because there are not a lot of security issues with the data but there are volume and disaster recovery issues.”

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