As U.S. Agencies Undergo Cloud Conversions, Private Vendors Benefit

Two recent adoptions of cloud technology, by the U.S. Treasury Department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, have led to multiple vendors getting “a piece of the action,” reports the E-Commerce Times.

The USDA will move its e-mail and collaboration applications to the cloud this year. “The contract, which has a potential value of $27 million, was awarded to Dell in May 2010. The Software as a Service (SaaS) deployment includes several Microsoft features including Exchange Online for messaging and calendaring, SharePoint Online for document collaboration, and Office Communications for instant messaging,” the article says. The cloud migration will reduce costs by $6 million annually when the system is mature, the USDA tells E-Commerce Times.

In mid-January, the new and several other websites migrated to a cloud environment. “Under a June 2010 award, the project was handled by Smartronix as the lead contractor in association with Synteractive, TMP Government, KPMG, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft,” the article says. “The potential value of the contract is US$5 million, but the award, which included modernization and redesign of and other websites plus 18 months of infrastructure support, was $3.7 million.”

Both federal projects took place in well under a year, from contract award to installation.

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