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Cloud Computing Services

In recent years, Cloud Computing has emerged as an important solution for cost effective and reliable delivery of IT services. Cloud Computing includes several categories of services. The three common cloud service models are Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

To help California agencies/departments understand and evaluate Cloud Computing services as a viable solution for business needs, the following can be a reference point:

DGS published the Special Provisions for Cloud Computing for IaaS and PaaS in Broadcast Bulletin #P-03-16

DGS published the Special Provisions for Cloud Computing for SaaS in Broadcast Bulletin #P-20-14


What is Cloud Computing?

Definition from SAM 4819.2

Cloud Computing: A Model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.  

Some common examples of using cloud services:

  • Web-based email
  • Social media
  • Document hosting/collaboration web services
  • Data backup services
Cloud Computing includes several categories of services. The three common cloud service models are Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

SaaS - Provides access to information through applications 
PaaS - Provides developer tools to build and run applications
IaaS - Provides resources such as server storage, networking and operational support

             

California's "Cloud First" policy

For California's Cloud First policy, refer to the published CA Department of Technology (CalTech) policy, Technology Letter (TL) 14-04.  Also, see SAM 4983 and 4983.1.

The "Cloud First" policy directs State departments to shift toward cloud computing solutions for all new reportable and non-reportable IT projects in accordance with SAM 4983 and 4983.1.  Departments shall build and evaluate for cloud solutions to meet their business needs, whenever feasible.  Refer to CalTech's guidance document Cloud Computing Reference Architecture (CCRA) for more information.  Any project that utilizes cloud SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS solutions is an IT project and all relevant statewide IT policies contained in SAM apply to that project.

Special Provisions for Cloud Computing Services

Tools and Information Resources

The DGS Procurement Division has provided tools and links to information resources when contracting for Cloud Computing services

Tools:
Information Resources:

CalPCA Training Webinars

New!  The Cloud Computing Services training webinar provided by the California Procurement and Contracting Academy (CalPCA) can be viewed in several different sections:

Note: Video sections will be downloadable .wmv files
1.  Basic Cloud Computing Information
2.  Cloud First Policy and CalCloud
3.  Importance of Data Classification and Team Development
4.  Introduction to Special Provisions for SaaS
5.  Contract Checklist
6.  Carve Out Examples
7.  Processing the Contract
8.  Procurement Process


Get information on Cloud Computing training from webinars and workshops through the California Procurement and Contracting Academy (CalPCA) website.

CalCloud and Procurement Solutions

DGS Procurement Division will be providing Cloud Computing solutions to State departments in the near future through Leverage Procurement Agreements (LPAs) and other solutions.

The CA Department of Technology provides Cloud Computing solutions, which can be found on the following webpages:

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