Los Angeles, California Transitions From Original Mainframe to California Department of Technology State Data Center

The city of Los Angeles, California will transition from its original mainframe to the California Department of Technology’s (CDT) State Data Center.  The three-year, $10.5 million agreement, which has an option for a three-year extension, will allow the city to forego a multi-million dollar upgrade to replace its mainframe and is expected to save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in licensing and equipment fees.

“For the past five years we have strived to modernize operations through public and private cloud options,” said Ted Ross, information technology agency (ITA) general manager for the city of Los Angeles. “The move to migrate away from our 30-year old legacy system to the state’s secure, cloud-based environment will greatly improve our ability to serve and protect the people of Los Angeles.”

The city’s migration to the state’s data center is expected to be completed in October of this year.

California Chief Technology Officer Richard Rodgers said the agreement between Los Angeles and the state makes sense because their governments already serve many of the same constituents and his department didn’t need to invest in any new technology to support the city.

“The mainframe is such a key player in government and as much as people want to automate, there’s still going to be a subset of these things staying around for a long time,” Rogers said. “It makes sense for California to centralize its workforce so Los Angeles can modernize. We provide technology services for state and local government. We’ve got to do more of that partnering.”