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Feds Want Email in the Cloud

Feds To Pursue Email Access Via Cloud

Information Management Online, October 28, 2010

Mel Duvall

Federal government agencies could soon have the option of migrating to a cloud-based email service, following the issue of a notice by the General Services Administration (GSA) that it plans to solicit industry bids.

The GSA has put the industry on notice that it will be asking software-as-a-service vendors to submit quotations to provide hosted email services. According to the notice, the request for quotations will be issued by the end of the second quarter of fiscal year 2011.

The GSA notes that in June 2010 the Federal Cloud Computing Initiative (FCCI) established an email working group to coordinate across government and industry and to be the source of “information, solutions, and processes that foster adoption of SaaS email within the Federal Government.”

The working group quickly ramped up and began developing a strategy to deliver SaaS email capabilities via enterprise-wide blanket purchase agreements (BPAs). The FCCI will hold a briefing session on November 1, 2010, to provide agencies and vendors with more information on the SaaS email strategy.

Email is one of the first cloud-based services to gain early traction in the government sector. In recent weeks, Microsoft has won major deals with the City of New York and the State of California to provide government employees with access to its cloud-based Business Productivity Suite, which includes email and collaboration applications.

 

My Take

I think that 70% or more email will be outsourced to the cloud. The model is too good:P Spam blockers that are updated every minute, anti-virus that is always up to date, don’t have to worry about storage space and deleting messages, accessible any where, massive scalability and efficiencies of scale, all at a price point that is unbeatable. The Feds are on to something.

Fed CIO Vivek Kundra says Yes to Cloud

The federal government is giving thumbs up to agencies buying cloud services. Worth a read.
Posted by Vivek Kundra on September 15, 2009 at 12:09 PM EDT
Today, I am excited to announce that we have launched Apps.gov to help continue the President’s initiative to lower the cost of government operations while driving innovation within government. I’ll be discussing this in a speech at the NASA Ames Research Center at 1:00 EDT – watch the speech live here [UPDATE: This event has now concluded].
Apps.gov is an online storefront for federal agencies to quickly browse and purchase cloud-based IT services, for productivity, collaboration, and efficiency. Cloud computing is the next generation of IT in which data and applications will be housed centrally and accessible anywhere and anytime by a various devices (this is opposed to the current model where applications and most data is housed on individual devices). By consolidating available services, Apps.gov is a one-stop source for cloud services – an innovation that not only can change how IT operates, but also save taxpayer dollars in the process.
The federal government spends over $75 billion annually on information technology (IT). This technology supports every mission our government performs— from defending our borders to protecting the environment. IT is essential for the government to do its work, and it is essential that we have access to the latest and most innovative technologies.