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The General Services Administration is now offering cloud-based email service to government entities through 20 blanket purchase agreements awarded to 17 businesses, the agency announced Thursday.

This will allow federal, state, local and tribal government to have access to cloud-based email service.

“GSA has added another excellent option for agencies looking to rapidly move their email to the cloud to save time, resources and taxpayer dollars,” said Mary Davie, acting commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service. “Our innovative cloud solutions are another example of how GSA offers the best value, low cost services that help agencies serve the American people.”

Transitioning to a cloud solution lowers the cost of email by up to 50 percent annually and saves $1 million for every 7,500 email boxes, GSA said. It became the first federal agency to move to a cloud email when it did so last year, a move it said has already saved $2 million. The agency expects to save $15 million from the program over the next five years.

The awarded companies include:

  • Accenture Federal Services LLC
  • Autonomic Resources LLC
  • CGI Federal Inc.
  • Ciracom Inc.
  • Computer Sciences Corporation
  • Dell Federal Systems L.P.
  • DLT Solutions
  • General Dynamics Information Technology Inc.
  • Harris IT Service Corporation
  • IBM Global Business Services
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Onix Networking Corp
  • Science Applications International Corporation
  • Smartronix Inc.
  • Systems Research and Applications Corporation
  • Technosource LLC
  • Unisys
  • http://twitter.com/gbatuyong Glenn Batuyong

    How would this work exactly? GSA has an existing agreement to use Google Apps… does this mean Unisys will migrate more agencies to Gmail?