NOAA Sees the Winds Change, Goes to the Google Apps Cloud
The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) should know something about sea change, so it’s small wonder the organization is joining the rising tide of federal agencies moving into the cloud. In this case, NOAA has chosen Maryland-based Google Apps Authorized Reseller Earth Resources Technology to migrate 25,000 legacy mailboxes to Google Apps for Government. Incidentally, that 25,000 number makes NOAA the largest federal agency to go Google so far.
Interestingly, NOAA noted in the press release that it was prompted to evaluate the cloud after President Obama instituted his “Cloud First” policy. As such, NOAA said the first reason for the switch was cost, with an estimated 50 percent savings to the taxpayer. The organization is predicting the migration will be finished by the end of the year.
Earth Resources Technology will be teaming up with not only Google but also Unisys and Tempus Nova to deliver Google Apps for Government – the higher-security, highly compliant variant of the search giant’s messaging and productivity suite.
Google and Microsoft may be tied up in a legal battle around Google Apps’ suitability for the key government market. But one thing’s for sure: The legal questions aren’t stopping cash-strapped federal agencies from making the jump. And it’s good to see a Google reseller included in the equation.