The Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) has announced the completion of a project that moved the Commonwealth of Virginia’s enterprise data center from a traditional site to a modernized, cloud-ready platform.

The completion of the two-year-long project means the former data center is now empty, with all 65 commonwealth executive agencies migrated to the new platform.

“This is a milestone to be celebrated. The data center move project has modernized Virginia’s data systems and provides a cloud-first roadmap for the Commonwealth’s information technology (IT) ecosystem,” said commonwealth Chief Information Officer Robert Osmond.

“I’m especially proud of our agency and supplier partnerships that have made this project successful,” he continued. “Together we have achieved our goals on-time, on-budget, and are ready for continuous innovation.”

The new data center – QTS – is resilient, scalable, secure, and efficient, with a 98 percent smaller footprint than the former data center. It is also 94 percent virtualized, providing standardization at a lower cost.

The move to the cloud-ready platform required over 50 move events and a shared goal to transition 4,500 servers and applications.

“The data center move project is our near-term strategy to provide the flexibility of cloud-to-cloud migrations and disaster recovery,” said commonwealth Chief Information Security Officer Michael Watson.

“This data center migration was an important step in our cloud services strategy and adoption,” he added. “Moving forward, we will continue to strengthen our infrastructure by leveraging additional tools and capabilities now available to us.”

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