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Interior Department Wants In on the Cloud

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Which federal agency is to move to the cloud next?

It looks as though the Interior Department has requested help, due by Nov. 14, in its attempt to take email and collaboration services into the cloud. This cloud would support some 88,000 users across all DOI bureaus and offices, GCN reports.

Officials of DOI have concluded that moving the email to the cloud could create faster overall service, according to a request for information to identify potential vendors released Oct. 28.

Introducing cloud services would reduce migration cost and engineering risk while improving the level of service in a predictable cost model, according to DOI officials.

The General Services Administration recently completed its transition to the cloud, moving 17,000 email users to Google Apps for Government.

The DOI identified requirements needed to support its mission some of which include:

  • E-mail, including calendar, task management, mobile device support and deskless user support
  • Archiving, e-discovery, instant messaging and desktop video conferencing
  • Collaboration services, including Web-based tools and services to assist users in managing information and collaboration with others, real-time Integration with web-based collaboration systems
  • Mobile device management
  • Compliance with security requirements defined by the Federal Information Security Management Act along with enhanced DOI-specific security requirements
  • Redundant implementation of at least two data centers located within the continental U.S.

“It is expected that the vendor shall provide a seamless integration between the current desktop operating systems licensed to DOI, and the vendor’s own ‘cloud’ based e-mail and collaboration solutions,” according to the RFI. “DOI plans to use Microsoft Outlook as the front end client and does not currently utilize a specific collaboration software package.”

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