Los Angeles City Council approved a US$7.25 million five-year deal in which the city will adopt Gmail and other Google Apps.
Google is touting the deal as a major endorsement of its cloud-based approach to computing, but it turns out that some of the funding is indirectly coming from an unlikely source: Microsoft.
According to Los Angeles City Council minutes, just over $1.5 million for the project will come from the payout of a 2006 class action lawsuit between the City and Microsoft…
The migration from the city’s Novell GroupWise e-mail servers will be handled by contractor Computer Sciences Corp. Other applications such as calendaring, document sharing and chat will be handled by Google Apps too.
The five-year contract will cost Los Angeles about $1.5 million more than simply sticking with Novell. But because the city will get extra storage capacity from Google, while at the same time being able to run other software on the Novell servers, it’s worth the cost, according to an Oct. 7 city finance committee memo written by City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana.
Google has pushed Google Apps as an option for government agencies, promising to ship a product called Government Cloud, which will be certified under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), sometime next year.
The Los Angeles deal may hint at how this product will work.
RTFA. See how the GovCloud data environment will be implemented.
Of course, we’ll all be watching and waiting for security screw-ups. I don’t think they’ve figured out how to remove the last vestige of human carelessness. But, then – that’s just as much a problem with existing systems.