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CDT Offers Peek Inside Its Data Center, and an Invitation

CDT encourages other government entities across the state to use its services. Among those that contract for data center services with the state is the city of Los Angeles.

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The California Department of Technology (CDT) is offering a peek inside its data center — something many in the industry have never seen.

In a post on its TechBlog, CDT offers a narrated 40-second video explaining the capabilities of the department’s data center and its various tiered offerings.
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The data center, CDT says in its post, “is a secure powerhouse that offers platform hosting, data storage, disaster recovery and virtual servers to federal, state and local government entities throughout California.”

The data center operates year-round, “with just 1 hour and 36 minutes of planned downtime per year,” CDT notes. It’s certified for energy efficiency, and the facility “can withstand an 8+ magnitude earthquake and was specially designed with redundant features like temperature sensors, fluid dynamics software, uninterruptible power sources, dedicated battery rooms, and diesel generators and a water-supply tank to safeguard against outages.”

Because the data center also houses the state’s Security Operations Center (SOC), the facility is generally closed to anyone but authorized personnel.

“The data center is always striving to improve efficiency,” CDT’s blog post says. “Three chillers and a heat exchanger remove heat and take advantage of the cool, outside air. The compound is surrounded by a solar canopy system that provides 11% of the facility’s annual electrical needs while reducing CO2 emissions by 875 tons – the equivalent of 173 cars off the road, every year.”

CDT encourages other government entities across the state to use its services. Among those that contract for data center services with the state is the city of Los Angeles.

“The data center also offers modern, reliable and agile varieties of platform hosting including mainframe computing Z+ solutions,” CDT says. “More than 200 million online transactions are processed each month, with more than 100 software products installed and maintained. The data center provides basic and premium tenant-managed plans that provide excellent value and layered security controls, storage as a service, disaster recovery as a service, backup as a service, and virtual servers.”

For more information about available services offered through the data center, contact CDT at (916) 431-5390.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in Northern California.