GSA Issues Request for Cloud Services Quote

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The General Services Administration has put out a new request for quotation for a number of email-as-a-service cloud-computing services, according to a Federal News Radio report.

The $2.5 billion five-year blanket purchase agreement contract — for e-mail, office automation and electronic-records management — is part of GSA’s bid to get federal agencies adopting cloud services for ordering activities.

“Email-as-a-service is about amplifying the use of cloud computing,” GSA Administrator Martha Johnson said at a recent tech conference, Federal News Radio reports. “Agencies will be billed for services based on the number of mail boxes used. Cloud providers maintain the infrastructure. The return on investment comes in less than two years.”

For example, using cloud computing’s by-the-drink model, per-mailbox costs drop 44 percent, Johnson said, to about $14 a month.

“We expect to net about $1 million in savings for every 750,000 users,” she said.

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