The US State of Colorado is the latest US State to switch to using Google’s cloud computing service. The switch will see some 26,000 government employees start using Google Apps.
Other States that have already moved over include Maryland, Utah and Wyoming. Los Angeles in California was supposed to switch, but this ran into problems; they still aren’t resolved, I believe.
The main beneficiary of this deal is one of Google’s resellers Tempus Nova, which specialises in cloud and enterprise services. It has successfully managed the switchover to Google from a number of other companies including Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange.
Interestingly, despite Microsoft launching its own equivalent set of office products under the name Microsoft Office 365, the software giant has not made much inroad into Google’s market.
As for Colorado, Kristin D. Russell who head’s the State Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) is reported to have said that switching to Google’s cloud system will save around $2 million per year. She told talkincloud.com: “We based this decision on the evaluation of cost, security and functionality, as well as an alignment to the Administration’s overarching goals and our technology roadmap.
“Using Google Apps for Government will enable (state workers) to leverage the latest technology at a reduced cost and burden to the state while enhancing productivity, efficiency and collaboration between departments.”
Google has not always had its own way, however, when dealing with government organisations. As mentioned above, it was dealt a bitter blow when the company was attacked over security issues connected with the Los Angeles Police Department.
Over all, it is still knocking spots off its competitors.