OCIO Holds Second Forum on Server Virtualization

State Technology Update - November 19, 2010

With more than 8,000 computer servers across California state agencies, the Office of the State Chief Information Officer is working to consolidate and virtualize equipment to reduce energy usage as outlined in this year's mandate to overhaul the state's technology infrastructure. Server virtualization is a method of running multiple independent virtual operating systems on a single physical computer. It is a way of maximizing the physical resources of existing hardware, reducing new acquisition and maintenance costs.

This week, a second instructional forum was held for IT staff to learn about virtualization, which is not just for consolidating workloads but also key to supporting programs, IT agility and improved service levels. The Infrastructure Consolidation Program (ICP) partnered with Gartner to present a forum on server virtualization held in Sacramento. Attendees included 68 state staff, representing 47 departments.

One of the major consolidation initiatives includes establishing state policy for server virtualization, reviewing departmental virtualization initiatives as part of facilities consolidation and promoting the use of virtualization best practices throughout the executive branch.

As posted to the OCIO Wiki, Gartner's Chris Wolf presented 'Building Internal Clouds: Practical Guidance for a Difficult Challenge'.

The consolidation mandate, AB 2408, approved by the Legislature in August, puts into law the requirements in Governor Schwarzenegger's EO S-03-10 for agencies under his authority to:

  • Reduce the total amount of energy utilized by information technology and telecommunications equipment by 10 percent by July 1, 2010, by 20 percent by July 1, 2011, and by 30 percent by July 1, 2012,
  • Reduce data center square footage by 25 percent by July 2010 and by 50 percent by July 2011,
  • Begin hosting all mission critical public facing applications to a Tier III data center no later than September 2010, and begin closing all existing server rooms that house non-network equipment by June 2013.
  • Begin migrating from their existing network services to the California Government Network (CGN) no later than July 2010,
  • Transition to the state's shared e-mail security and encryption solution by no later June 2010,
  • Migrate to the state's shared e-mail solution by no later than June 2011,
  • Develop and maintain enterprise architecture plans in compliance with the statewide enterprise architecture policies and standards as established by the OCIO; and
  • Participate in activities coordinated by the Office of Information Security for response to security incidents and cyber security threats.
Contact: Bill Maile (916) 549-2845