Last November, the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) issued a “Request for Information” (RFI) to look at purchasing bundled cloud hosting services. The effort was to assess the technical and financial feasibility of using public cloud hosting services to support GIS applications and data presently supported by the individual states. The idea was to save money by "bulk purchasing" such services. The editors look at the RFI, the assessment of responses from the 23 vendors, and consider the value of this effort to states for the short and long term.
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