The U.S. General Services Administration has awarded Unisys with a contract to create a secure cloud-based email and collaboration platform based on GSA decision to move to Google Apps for Government.
The new system will allow GSA employees to work remotely from any location at any time. The migration will also result in a 50-percent savings over the next five years.
“Cloud computing has a demonstrated track record of cost savings and efficiencies,” said GSA spokesman Casey Coleman. “With this award, GSA employees will have a modern, robust e-mail and collaboration platform that better supports our mission and our mobile work force, and costs half as much.”
Unisys received the five-year, firm-fixed price task order as a competitive award via GSA’s Alliant contract. Unisys will provide data migration, training and cloud-based software as a service for the new environment.
“We applaud GSA for boldly embracing the benefits of cloud computing to improve communications and collaboration across their diverse organization,” said Ted Davies, president of Unisys Federal Systems. “We are excited to partner with our longstanding GSA customer to more effectively deliver their mission supporting other agencies and the U.S. citizens at a lower cost to the taxpayer.”
The award will move 17,000 employees and contractors to Google Apps for Government. The cloud-based solution includes applications such as Google Gmail; Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Sites.