NOAA announces agency-wide move to cloud-based unified messaging technology

Cites greater efficiency and reduced cost

June 9, 2011

NOAA announced today an $11.5 million, three-year award to Earth Resources Technologies, Inc. for cloud-based unified messaging services.  The agency-wide transition will modernize e-mail and calendar infrastructure, integrate collaborative tools and facilitate synchronization with mobile devices to better support NOAA’s mission and its nationwide workforce.

As the largest federal agency to adopt cloud technology to date, NOAA will migrate 25,000 mailboxes to the cloud rather than utilizing in-house servers. NOAA’s decision to pursue the cloud solution supports the Obama administration’s direction to pursue a “cloud first” approach.

“The cost to the taxpayer will be 50 percent less than an in-house solution,” said NOAA Chief Information Officer Joseph Klimavicz. “As the new standard, cloud computing has great value allowing us to ramp up quickly, avoid redundancy and provide new services and capabilities to large groups of customers.”

The award was made using small business vendors identified through NOAALink, the agency’s innovative acquisition model, which allows for the standardization of information technologies and solutions.  Earth Resources Technologies, Inc., based in Laurel, Md., will deliver the “Google Apps for Government” in partnership with Google, Unisys and Tempus Nova.  The new service will be operational by the end of the year.

“NOAA personnel are located coast to coast, on the oceans and in the air. This system will allow them to share information and strengthen collaborative productivity,” added Klimavicz. “As a cutting edge science agency, we are looking forward to bringing up-to-the-minute workplace technologies to our personnel.”     

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