How San Diego used Azure migration to help keep citizens informed while reducing IT costs
San Diego beachgoers are getting new benefits from a responsive website for San Diego County’s Department of Health that provides water quality conditions for all of the county’s beaches.
As part of the county’s “Check In Before You Get In” initiative, citizens can view water quality conditions at more than 80 beach and bay locations. A red/yellow/green indicator system provides advisories that let users know how the water quality and bacterial levels compare to health standards. In addition, county inspectors can update water quality information from the field after taking and analyzing samples.
In 2017, DXC Technology migrated the program’s data and infrastructure to Azure, Microsoft’s cloud-based computing platform for building, testing and managing applications and services. The move to Azure has resulted in a 90 percent decrease in monthly infrastructure and licensing costs. The sharp reduction was due, in part, to migrating traditional virtual infrastructure to Azure services and adopting a new policy standard for Azure subscriptions, which are critically important for deployment, chargebacks and Azure services. With DXC guidance, the county adopted a single subscription model, which has helped streamline chargebacks, improve security and provide simplified access between resources and monitoring.
The Azure migration was accomplished in a relatively short timeframe of July to September 2017.
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