The move is expected to enable the city to enhance the delivery of citizen services and lower its IT costs


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania skyline photograph, taken from the West End Overlook. (Credit: Ronald C. Yochum Jr./Wikipedia.)

The US city of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania has signed a four-year deal with Google Cloud to move its legacy IT infrastructure to the cloud.

The migration is expected to enable the city to enhance the delivery of citizen services and reduce its IT costs.

Under the deal, the City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation & Performance will transform and modernise its IT infrastructure onto Google Cloud.

The migration will allow the city to leverage Google Cloud to rapidly scale applications and other systems requirements.

The City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation & Performance acting director Heidi Norman said: “We were immediately impressed with the scalability and flexibility of Google Cloud after using the technology for an initial storage migration last year.

“We realised all the different ways we could partner with Google Cloud to reduce the barriers of entry to move to a more cloud-focused approach to service delivery, and from there, developed a plan to rapidly adopt Google Cloud for our remaining on-premises applications.

“Ultimately, this migration will save city employees time and allow us to better deliver resident services.”

Upon migrating its IT infrastructure to Google Cloud, the city will have the ability to develop new data analytics tools to drive smart city initiatives.

Also, the move will allow the city to create new consumer-facing applications to deliver new digital services for its residents.

The migration to the cloud is expected to enable the city’s 19 departments to create and scale services for residents in the areas of mobility, transportation, infrastructure, public safety and others.

Google Cloud said that the city officials have selected its services for scalability and security, which are important in powering applications across multiple departments simultaneously.

The City of Pittsburgh has also chosen Google Cloud to handle critical services in the Department of Public Safety, such as police, fire, and emergency medical services.

Google Cloud global public sector vice president Mike Daniels said: “We’re proud to partner with the City of Pittsburgh as part of its bold and transformative shift to the cloud.

“The city’s approach, powered by our technology, will open many opportunities to reimagine how to serve citizens, now and into the future.”

Last month, Spanish multinational financial services company Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) has partnered with Google Cloud to transform its IT security strategy.