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West Virginia Sets Sights on a Next-Gen Data Center

The state’s “data center 2.0” project is aimed at upgrading infrastructure to make it more secure and resilient. It will also provide a critical foundation for future plans to take advantage of cloud technologies.

West Virginia Chief Information Officer Joshua Spence
Government Technology/David Kidd
Earlier this year, legislation in West Virginia not only changed tech leader Joshua Spence’s title from CTO to CIO, but it also ushered in a new enterprise model for technology in the state. At last week’s National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) conference in Seattle, Spence talked to GT about what that change means for how West Virginia delivers tech to its agencies.

And beyond the structural changes to state IT, Spence is also focused on modernizing West Virginia’s on-premise data center infrastructure. He views the effort as a preliminary step on the path to future goals, which include migrating appropriate applications to the cloud.

“It’s critical to understand those workloads if you’re going to seek to gain the efficiencies the cloud has to offer,” he said.

Noelle Knell has been the editor of Government Technology magazine for e.Republic since 2015. She has more than two decades of writing and editing experience, covering public projects, transportation, business and technology. A California native, she has worked in both state and local government, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with majors in political science and American history. She can be reached via email and on Twitter.
Lauren Harrison is the managing editor for Government Technology magazine. She has a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and 15 years’ experience in book and magazine publishing.