Unisys Wins Google Apps Deal with Idaho National Laboratory
Unisys, which has made a name for itself as one of the premiere government-focused Google Apps Authorized Resellers, has won a contract to move 5,000 seats at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to the secure Google Apps for Government cloud suite.
I’m sure I don’t need to recount the reasons why the Idaho National Laboratory chose to go Google, but just in case: The press release hypes the collaboration, infrastructure and, most of all, cost benefits to having all of its e-mail and productivity software moved to the cloud. In fact, INL expects to save $10 million over 10 years.
The contract was actually awarded by Battelle Energy Alliance LLC, the Department of Energy’s management and operations contractor at the Idaho National Laboratory. Intriguingly, the Unisys press release makes no mention of Battelle auditing any other cloud messaging solutions on behalf of INL, but especially given recent cloud service provider/government drama, I’m confident in my assumption that it at least gave Microsoft Office 365 and similar a passing glance.
Anthony C. Hess, Ph.D., who carries the long and impressive title of managing partner, civilian agencies: healthcare and natural resources group of Unisys Federal Systems, gave some perspective in a prepared statement:
“At a time of constrained budgets, forward-looking federal agencies are embracing cloud-based messaging solutions as a way to reduce costs and better serve citizens. Unisys’ support and dedication to DOE-INL’s cloud transition, combined with Battelle Energy Alliance’s innovative leadership, will allow the laboratory to focus on its core missions of addressing the nation’s energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.”
This deal comes right on the back of Unisys’ recent deal to move 17,000 employees of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to Google Apps for Government. In other words, Google Apps is building public sector momentum, and the channel is obviously playing a critical role. Stay tuned