October 29, 2012 By News Staff
Blanket service agreements totaling an estimated $2.5 billion were awarded to cloud service providers by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The 17 companies chosen will have an opportunity to compete for task orders for email, collaboration, office automation and electronic records management services. Open to all U.S. federal, state, local and tribal governments, this program has a two-year base period followed by three one-year option periods to be used at the government's discretion.
The service providers are:
“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.”
The investment in cloud services follows President Barack Obama's “Cloud-First” policy, which stipulates that "Each Agency CIO will be required to identify three 'must move' services and create a project plan for migrating each of them to cloud solutions and retiring the associated legacy systems. Of the three, at least one of the services must fully migrate to a cloud solution within 12 months and the remaining two within 18 months."
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