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1. Description of Service
Mass.Gov is responsible for providing a secure, high availability web hosting and web publishing platform, training and documentation of best practices and guidelines. We are responsible for keeping all products up to date and ensuring they comply with all relevant enterprise standards and policies.
Mass.Gov provides website hosting for two types of public facing sites:
These sites make full use of the Mass.Gov content publishing toolset and Mass.Gov branded templates, and have a user-focused Mass.Gov information architecture. Sites are built and maintained using the Percussion CM System CMS. Content (XML) is separate from presentation. Presentation (display) is fully controlled via the portal templates and cascading style sheets, which provide not just consistency, but "built in" accessibility for navigation and display.
- Percussion Content Management System for content authoring
- Citizen Alerts
- Portal User Group and Portal Advisory Board
- Link checking, spell checking and limited accessibility checking from SiteImprove
- Periodic content archiving from ArchiveIt.org
Conventional HTML Websites
These sites are conventionally coded in HTML. Content may or may not be separate from presentation. Site administrators are responsible for ensuring that presentation code and content comply with Commonwealth Web Accessibility Standards. An FTP / WebDAV connection is used to store web files and publish to production. Content development/maintenance may take place on separate agency-owned servers.
Mass.Gov provides and hosts standardized blogs for customers of our website hosting service. These blogs are based on WordPress and leverage a consistent layout and design. Blog provisioning is based on the approval of a blog governance and publication plan. Blogs should be requested by Lead Site Administrators or by a site’s Portal Advisory Board representative.
Services Not Included
- Graphic design support
- Content authoring or backup content posting for customer agencies
- Detailed HTML coding support
- Review and repair of broken links
- Hosting of applications
- Support for content or transactions requiring authentication
- Content review or editing
- Stock photos
Customers interested in adding stock photos to their website should review recommended options from Mass.Gov team on wiki.
Support services include:
- A Service Account Manager to answer any questions or concerns regarding ITD Services.
- Services offered through our Operations Office; including Change Management and customer access to incident management via email, phone (CommonHelp)
- The online COMiT service management portal
2. Service Targets/Hours of Availability
Note: An expected minute of unavailability refers to planned as well as unplanned unavailability.
This allows public access to www.mass.gov including search functionality.
Service availability hours are 24x7 excluding planned maintenance and unplanned outages which occur during non-business hours. Customers will be notified of planned maintenance via email lists.
This is the ability of content authors to make changes to their content.
Service is available 24x7 excluding planned maintenance and unplanned outages which occur during non-business hours. Customers will be notified of these changes via email lists .
|Incident Management*||ITD Service Management Office has standard processes to managing incidents, requests and changes.|
Outages or urgent issues should be reported by phone to receive the quickest response 1-866-888-2808.
|Mass.Gov Environment: Maintenance is performed periodically and is scheduled using the ITD change management process. During maintenance, services are generally not impacted. Any planned maintenance that impacts service will be described on our support page on the Wiki|
|Daily Backups||Backups are performed daily and require no downtime|
3. Service Reporting
The following reporting information is provided to customers as part of this service:
|Disk Storage Report||This report shows file storage in each directory. This is used as one factor to determine chargeback. An ancillary report for portalized sites only shows the largest document content items per site.|
|Web Usage Metrics||This report shows traffic to a site including requests and bandwidth. Bandwidth in this report is used as one factor to determine chargeback.|
Given the limitations of current web usage metrics, we are encouraging all sites to make use of Google Analytics and we may limit generation of web usage metrics based on log data during FY2013 to include only details related to chargeback billing. The Portal Advisory Board will be consulted prior to any decision on major changes to these reports.
4. Service Requests
Lead Time-Business Days
|Request New Content Management Login||This is a request for a new content author login using tools used to publish content to the website.||4 Days|
|Technical Support||This is a request for technical support for a Mass.Gov hosted website, application or service.||Lead time depends on specific request|
*For new service requests only. To manage existing requests, please log into COMiT.
5. Customer Responsibilities
Customers are responsible for posting their own content and for the accuracy, completeness, quality and accessibility of their content. Customers will, on occasion, be asked to participate in requirements development and/or testing of portal enhancements (portalized customers only).
For your convenience, you may also view a detailed list of customer responsibilities .
6. Chargeback Rate Information
For more information on Chargeback, including an overview of the program as well as current and previous fiscal year rates, please visit our Chargeback Services webpage.
Cost framework: Mass.Gov
1. Direct Charges to Customers
|Total 1A. Customer Specific - Costs Directly Charged to Customers||$0|
|Total 1. Direct Charges to Customers||$0|
2. Direct Dedicated Resources
|Direct Costs - Salaries (AA) and Fringe (DD), Contract (U05, HH)||3.75||$328,267|
|Total 2A. Direct Costs - Salaries (AA) and Fringe (DD), Contract (U05, HH)||3.75||$328,267|
|- IntraSystems, Inc.-Tripwire for Mass.gov 2.0 Retooling Project-||$917|
|- SHI-RHEL for new Mass.gov DR Environment-||$4,353|
|- SHI-RHEL for Mass.gov 2.0 Retooling Project-||$265|
|- SHI-RHEL - RedHat Part #MCT1852F3 (Qty=6); #MCT0983F3 (Qty=2)-||$9,952|
|- SHI-Optimal Usability Testing Suite-||$2,150|
|- SHI-Browserstack Testing and Developer-||$566|
|- Dell Software-Adobe WEB Prem., Acrobat Pro, Photoshop extended, Fireworks-||$1,608|
|- Dell -Assuria Auditor for Mass.gov 2.0 Retooling Project-||$228|
|- SHI-Monitis Configuration Subscription-||$106|
|- SHI-Business WordPress Hosting-||$3,207|
|Total 2B. Hardware / Software / Contracts (UU, LL , etc)||$146,194|
|Total 2. Direct Dedicated Resources||$474,461|
3. Indirect Costs
|Total 3A. Allocated Shared Resources||$0|
|Total 3. Indirect Costs||$0|
4. Indirect Costs
|Data - Bronze - (Clarion SATA only)-||SF0L0||$0.019||74400||$1,414|
|Data - Data Backup and Recovery -||SG100||$0.1699||76991||$13,081|
|Security - Remote Firewall Support-||SU020||$970||24||$23,280|
|Hosting - Linux OS Support-||SV120||$374||264||$98,736|
|Hosting - Windows OS Support-||SV210||$140||12||$1,680|
|Data - Dedicated Oracle Enterprise-||SV530||$907||36||$32,520|
|Data - Platinum (Symmetrix)-||SF0K0||$0.042||101292||$4,254|
|Data - Shared Oracle Cluster -||SV570||$294||48||$14,112|
|Hosting - Shared VMWare Platform Support*-||SV350||$146||684||$99,864|
|Total 4A. Shared ITD Data Center Services||$288,941|
|Total 4. Indirect Costs||$288,941|
5. Allocated Costs
|Allocated Costs Not Specific to Service||$84,048|
|Total 5A. Allocated Costs Not Specific to Service||$84,048|
|Total 5. Allocated Costs||$84,048|
6. Management Adjustments
|Total 6A. Management Adjustments||$0|
|Total 6. Management Adjustments||$0|
Grand Total: Application Services - Mass.Gov
7. Rates Pertaining to this Service
|SERVICE OFFERING / TITLE / BILLABLE UNIT||RATECODE||RATE||PLANNED UNITS||COST|
|Application - Mass.Gov Fixed Cost-Website / Month||SV6A0||$50||624||$31,200|
|Application - Mass.Gov Disk Storage-MB / Month||SV6B0||$0.1468||1390173.16||$204,063|
|Application - Mass.Gov Bandwidth-GB / Month||SV6C0||$15.2839||40054.48||$612,188|
|Total 7A. Rates Pertaining to this Service||$847,450|
Download a complete listing of all chargeback rates
Updated October 8, 2013
Reviewed October 15, 2013
Published August 14, 2009
Created April 16, 2009: Information provided by the Mass.Gov Team