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GSA Switches to Google Apps for Government; Awards Unisys with Contract

GSA Switches to Google Apps for Government; Awards Unisys with Contract - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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GSA Switches to Google Apps for Government; Awards Unisys with Contract - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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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.

“GSA is leading the way in embracing the federal government's cloud first policy, under which agencies should opt for hosted applications when secure, reliable, cost-effective options are available,” said Mike Bradshaw, director, federal enterprise team. “We are thrilled that GSA has chosen to move to the cloud with Google and look forward to expanding our productive partnership with them.”

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