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Energy Department, West Virginia sign on to Google Cloud

The Department of Energy and the state of West Virginia have both signed on with Google Cloud to take advantage of its Google Cloud Platform and Google Workspace productivity and collaboration solution.

The agreement between Google Cloud and DOE gives agency employees and contractors across the national labs and field sites access to the entire catalog of Google Cloud Platform services. These include Google Cloud Storage, BigQuery, AutoML, Cloud GPUs and TPUs, Google Kubernetes Engine and TensorFlow as well as Google Workspace.

DOE envisions using Google Cloud to manage the data pouring in from its research labs, support predictive machine learning models and help identify more cost-efficient renewable energy sources.

Google Workspace, until recently known as G Suite, provides a full slate of office applications and productivity tools, from email, calendar and spreadsheets to chat and videoconferencing. The rebranded Google Workspace features a deeply integrated user experience that the company says boosts collaboration, connects frontline workers and powers new digital experiences.

"With this agreement, we're helping our labs focus on solving problems and get to a place where they can pick the compute they need to get their jobs done,” CIO Rocky Campione said during the 2020 National Laboratories IT Summit.

In West Virginia, a multi-year deal ensures full access to enterprise-level Google Workspace capabilities for all 22,000 state employees and access to Google’s data loss prevention and access control services. Advanced video meeting capabilities will allow officials to host or join secure video meetings with up to 250 participants, broadcast live streams to as many as 100,000 viewers and record and save meetings to Google Drive.

The state expects to save $11.5 million over the course of the contract.

"This collaboration -- West Virginia and Google -- is truly going to allow us to serve the people of this state better than ever, and the people should be proud of the fact that we got a great deal and will be saving millions and millions of dollars in the process," West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said. 

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