US government department chooses Google
A government agency in the United States has chosen to use Google Apps over Microsoft software for their cloud services and online communications.
Department of the Interior (DOI) – which manages America's natural and cultural resources – was originally going to give Microsoft the cloud contract but Google protested claiming unfair bias and the bid for the deal turned into a legal battle.
Now, after two years of ongoing debate, Google have won the contract which is said to be worth approximately US$35 million over the next seven years.
"We're honored that the Department of the Interior has selected Google Apps for Government, and we look forward to working closely with the DOI to give employees new communication tools," a Google spokesperson told the CIO Journal on May 1.
This is undoubtedly good news for the search engine giant who just last week announced a new online data storage system called Google Drive.
To start, Drive will offer users 5GB of free storage for all their original content as well as movies, music and more and charge a monthly fee for extra space.
As more initiatives like this slowly become available, the move to cloud computing technology is attracting businesses and official departments alike.
According to secretary of the interior Ken Salazar, cloud communications will improve management processes for the DOI saving time and money.
"Implementing a department-wide, cloud-based email system that helps modernize the ways we do business while cutting costs is good government, plain and simple," he said.
The DOI also acknowledged how using Google Apps will improve management and productivity across the board.
"We look forward to providing state-of-the-art communication and collaboration tools, desktop video, document sharing and new messaging technologies to help interior employees work more effectively with each other and with external partners," interior deputy assistant secretary for technology, information and business services Andrew Jackson said.
Posted by Jess O'Connor