State of Arizona chooses IBM Cloud to strengthen constituent services

IBM (NYSE: IBM) has announced that the State of Arizona has turned to IBM Cloud to help manage its daily mainframe operational consumption, the company said.

Cloud managed services on IBM Z will provide State of Arizona agencies the agility to carry out some of Arizona´s most critical IT operations including mainframe services and disaster recovery efforts.

As part of this new agreement, cloud managed services will be implemented by the State of Arizona´s shared technology services organization, Arizona Strategic Enterprise Technology (ASET), to develop and execute the statewide information technology strategy and to offer capabilities, services, and infrastructure to additional State agencies. ASET is responsible for running a centralized group for monitoring and overseeing high-risk technology projects across State agencies that choose to utilize these services.

IBM´s unique ability in the market to offer trusted, effective, and scalable IBM Cloud capabilities met the State´s strict security requirements across its various agencies and institutions. ASET will operate the cloud managed services environment and provide mainframe services to multiple customers.

These new cloud managed services will help move the State of Arizona from a fixed cost to a variable cost model across agencies and help its agencies improve several critical processing challenges, including citizen health benefits, public safety applications, and tax returns. In addition, the State of Arizona will be able to scale computing storage capacity as needed, and implement disaster recovery services.

IBM Global Technology Services offers end-to-end IT consulting and business services supported by an unparalleled global delivery network that is transforming its business to lead in an era of Cognitive and Cloud. As a cloud services integrator, GTS is managing the services and underlying infrastructure in an integrated and unified way.