Westminster’s city officials and employees will be seeing an updated virtual software system as city council voted unanimously to approved two measures during Wednesday’s meeting.
The first measure approved the contract with consulting firm Nexus Is to implement a “virtual desktop infrastructure” (VDI) for network devices and hardware, as well as up to 180 desktops.
The second measure approved the unlimited licensing agreement to use VMWare software program. The new system will cost about $415,000 for three years. After the three years, it will cost about $57,000 annually for software updates and maintenance.
Derek Marsh, deputy chief for the Westminster Police Department, said the licensing the software program system as a “buy-as-you-go” basis was not cost effective. Marsh said the approval of the licensing agreement will allow the city to save upwards to $140,000 a year for maintenance and about more than $500,000 on the initial cost of the system.
Marsh also said the other component of hardware and server infrastructure will help save about $500 for each unit. He added that computer repairs will also be done more efficiently.
With both systems in place, t will allow city officials to better maintain systems and fix problems quicker and more efficiently.
“We are a point right now in our city where every computer we have….are basically three plus years old with some upwards of six years old,” Marsh said. “They have old Windows software. They have old Windows Microsoft software and other software that is not up to date.
“Virtually these desktops will allow us to deploy these services much more quickly and efficiently and troubleshoot much more quickly and efficiently,” he added.
The city council also heard a special presentation about the success of a “point of dispensing” practice the city offered in October 2012.
The exercise was conducted to demonstrate how to effectively disperse medication to a large population in case of an emergency.
During the demonstration, about 82 staff members offered 530 vaccinations to people in the area.
Keith Olenslager, preparedness planning manager for the Orange County Health Care Agency, said during the meeting the city posted the second best service among the five practicing cities exercising, a more impressive number since the city had the least amount of staff.
Olenslager also commented city officials for their willingness and innovation to make the project one of the best exercises he had seen.
“The city leadership, working with Chief Baker and his team and the staff, really took this exercise seriously,” Olenslager said. “They really had a no ego attitude going into this exercise.”