A few weeks ago, we blogged about how the U.S. county of Santa Clara, California, was migrating more than 15,000 city employees to our cloud-based Office 365 solution for email, collaboration and communication capabilities. Seeking to rein-in IT spending, consolidate dispersed systems and provide new collaboration capabilities to its workforce, Santa Clara saw the cloud as a compelling solution to address these goals.
Today, we’re excited to share yet another government cloud migration in the United States. As featured on Microsoft’s Software Enabled Earth blog, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to migrate roughly 25,000 users to Office 365. By migrating to Microsoft’s cloud for email and collaboration tools, the EPA is expected to achieve approximately $12M in savings over four years.
In the spirit of the EPA’s mission, which is to “protect human health and the environment”, the Software Enabled Earth blog points to research, which shows how cloud computing has the potential to reduce organizations’ energy use by as much as 90 percent when they migrate from smaller data centers to Microsoft’s cloud.
The research is a promising demonstration of the energy savings and environmental benefits that organizations can achieve by moving to the cloud. And, while more research will help solidify this connection, it is yet another reason why government data centers will never be the same, thanks to the transformative impact of new technologies like cloud computing.
You can read the press release on the Microsoft News Center to learn more about the EPA’s plans to migrate to Office 365. To learn more about Microsoft’s longstanding collaboration with the EPA on energy initiatives, and for more on this announcement, also be sure to visit Microsoft’s Software Enabled Earth blog.
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