Energy to move another 6,000 to Google Apps

The Department of Energy announced that it will transition 6,000 additional program personnel to Google Apps for Government, a cloud-based email and collaboration solution. Last year, the agency moved 5,000 employees at its Idaho National Laboratory to the cloud-based solution. 

The transition project, which was awarded to Unisys, is designed to allow the DOE to obtain the cost-cutting advantages of the cloud while giving employees secure and efficient access to email and other data. The solution includes the integration of the department’s mobile users, a Unisys spokesman said in a statement.

In May of this year, Unisys moved 4,500 employees at the National Archives and Records Administration to Google Apps for Government, linking three cloud infrastructures to accommodate NARA’s messaging, mobility and records management requirements. NARA’s move to the cloud was designed to give agency employees secure and efficient access to cloud email, calendaring, contacts, and document creation and editing within Google. NARA also connected its BlackBerrys and smartphones to Google Apps, freeing agency from maintaining BlackBerry Enterprise Servers on premise.

Google Apps for Government is often seen as a money-saving option by cash-strapped governments. The city of Boston recently made the move and expects to save about $280,000 a year after its switch from Microsoft Outlook. NOAA has successfully moved 25,000 employees, contractors and associates to Google Apps for Government, giving its workforce access to cloud-based email and collaboration tools. The move was expected to cost the taxpayer “50 percent less than an in-house solution,” said NOAA CIO Joseph Klimavicz. Google also has provided email and calendar services to Colorado and, in the process, allowed the state to eliminate disjointed and aging email systems. The move is expected to save the state approximately $2 million per year, state officials said

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