DOE Idaho Lab moves to Google Apps for Gov

The Energy Department’s Idaho National Laboratory has moved 5,000 users to the Google Apps for Government e-mail and collaboration platform, according to INL officials.

Officials expect the new tools to improve collaboration among lab employees, helping them to share IT infrastructure, resources and applications. The solution gives employees secure access to e-mail and data while reducing costs, allowing INL personnel to perform vital work more efficiently with improved system uptime and availability, according to an announcement from the lab.

“The Google Apps for Government solution provided an opportunity to enhance the lab's capabilities in messaging and really pave the way to the types of collaboration our employees really want,” INL CIO Denise Stephens said.

“The move to cloud computing also allows the lab to invest in the right capability, which allows our workers to better focus on the most vital elements of our mission while cutting costs related to operating and maintaining our IT infrastructure,” Stephens said.

The transition was performed under a contract awarded to Unisys in August 2011 by the Battelle Energy Alliance LLC, DOE’s management and operations contractor at the Idaho lab. INL is one of the 10 multi-program national laboratories within the Energy Department.

Earlier this year, Unisys helped complete a similar transition to Google Apps for Government for 25,000 users at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Unisys also worked with the General Services Administration to successfully transition all of its users to the Google Apps platform.

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