21 September 2011 17:15:42
Governments around the world have been some of the hardest hit entities by the economic hardships of recent years, and many federal agencies have initiated cloud computing adoption policies to lower the high cost of IT operations. Hostway recently reported that the United Kingdom Council and Cabinet Office has adopted cloud services for its email system operations.
According to the source, the initiative, which is a pilot to be assessed by other agencies throughout the British government, is projected to save the CCO around 250,000 pounds, or $390,150, annually. If the agency succeeds in creating high savings while keeping security tight throughout its venture, other agencies are expected to adopt cloud computing services quickly thereafter.
"It is an exciting venture with great benefits for staff," David Wright, portfolio holder for finance, governance and IT at the CCO, told the news provider. "We look forward to seeing how it works in practice and how it improves our ways of working."
In the United States, the federal General Services Administration announced this past May that it expects the transition of its email services to the cloud to save up to $15 million through the next five years.
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