The US state of Oklahoma has taken a major step forward in modernising its cyber defence programme by investing in a state-of-the-art data centre.

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The new data centre, built with Dell Technologies, demonstrates Oklahoma’s commitment to data privacy and security with a system that will greatly advance disaster recovery and contribute towards a digital-first vision of the future for the state’s government.

The state has now moved its information services forward an estimated 20 years in just over a year and improved productivity, helping IT staff to focus on making citizen access to services easier and their data more protected.

Steven Harpe, state chief operating officer and deputy secretary of Digital Transformation and Administration, State of Oklahoma, said:

“In the last year, our team has dealt with the pandemic and energy needs along with the ongoing goal of delivering quality healthcare and the best services to citizens. All of this helped make clear that we needed to update our processes and digitize services.

“We went to Dell Technologies with a big challenge. Working together, we have created a digital approach to offering services and a top-tier, well-engineered secondary data centre to help ensure our citizen data is protected, even in the face of cyberattacks, inclement weather and power outages,” Harpe continued.

The developments are part of the south-central state’s mission to bring its IT operations up to date by using infrastructure that’s designed to easily support future growth, and enhance its data protection capabilities to mitigate rising number of cyberattacks globally.

In less than six months, Oklahoma has planned, implemented, migrated and protected more than 2.6 petabytes of data and tens of thousands of databases to a remote data centre powered by Dell EMC, giving the state a singular view of its diverse IT environment.

The state, which has withstood more than 3.8 trillion cyberattacks, has state-of-the-art storage and data protection in its primary and now secondary data centres, and can be up and running quickly in the event of a disaster.

Jillian Mansolf, senior vice president and general manager, North American Education & Public-Sector Sales, Dell Technologies, said:

“State governments are critical service organizations, challenged to provide timely, digitally delivered services while safeguarding citizen and government data against threats such as cyberattacks.

“Dell Technologies brings our extensive experience to bear in helping the State of Oklahoma and others reliably and securely transform their IT to become more resilient while offering more digital services for their departments, citizens and local businesses,” Mansolf continued.