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Baltimore city spends $1M on fabric-based infrastructure upgrade

Another $500,000 should have the fabric-based infrastructure upgrade complete by the end of 2013, according to CIO Chris Tonjes.

City CIO Chris Tonjes. Photo credit: Greg Pearson.

The City of Baltimore has spent about $1 million so far to create a fabric-based computing infrastructure, reports Government Technology.
According to city CIO Chris Tonjes, the infrastructure upgrade is roughly 80 percent complete, and another $500,000 should have the fabric-based infrastructure upgrade complete by the end of 2013. In a fabric-based infrastructure, the hardware and software components of large-scale IT infrastructure are combined (woven together, hence “fabric-based”). Gartner has a good definition, but the benefit for the city is two-fold, as Government Technology reports:

  • The city now “has about 10 times the storage it had previously.”
  • The upgrade has the city “poised to offer better services, including an internal and external cloud.”

Baltimore contracted with Cisco, Dell and VMware on the project.

Companies: City of Baltimore

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