Cloud Computing

The City of Palo Alto acknowledges the cost savings potential and advantages of Cloud Computing and is actively working to incorporate new technologies into our everyday life.

Our Private Cloud

Within our private cloud, the IT Department is incorporating technologies such as:

  • Virtual Servers; Through virtualization, our private cloud offers easy scalability, flexible resource management (such as on-the-fly provisioning) and the most efficient use of the hardware.
  • Cloud Storage; Critical files are stored to the Private Cloud and backed up on a regular basis and accessible by authorized personnel from any computer within the city.
  • Data Center Automation: Auto-provisioning of servers and identity-based security, to ensure that only authorized users have access to the city's data, are some of the features within our data centers automation capabilities.

Hosted Solutions In the Cloud

The City of Palo Alto is no stranger to hosted solutions.  The City's hosted applications are:  Accela, MinuteTraq and Dropbox.  The City of Palo Alto has been using a hosted solution for the Development Center and Associated Departments for over 11 years. The City uses Accela Automation. This application not only can be used in the office, but also wherever one have access to the internet. Accela Automation has allowed staff and the public to apply for and comment on active applications from either the office or the comfort of their own home. As long as people wanting to use Accela have a valid User ID and Password they may access the application. The Accela application is in the process of upgrading which will allow staff and the public even more access to their applications in the future.

Currently, the City of Palo Alto is using MinuteTraq for generating Council Agendas and City Manager Reports.  MinuteTraq is a hosted solution (cloud-based solution) which allows for staff collaboration in generating the weekly Council Agendas and CMRs.

Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) launched Open GIS using Google Fusion Tables (Beta) to gradually release spatial data to the public and application developers.