U.S. Department of Agriculture moving 120,000 users to Microsoft Cloud

By Tom Warren, on 8th Dec 10 2:40 pm with 1 Comment

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Wednesday that it’s on the verge of going live with a Microsoft Cloud solution.

The USDA has been working with Dell and Microsoft for the past six months and plans to migrate 120,000 users to the cloud solution. The migration will start within the next four weeks and will include the move of its on-premises e-mail and productivity applications to Microsoft’s Cloud infrastructure. The USDA is the first cabinet-level federal agency to move to the cloud.

“Migrating an enterprise of USDA’s size and complexity from multiple environments, across multiple agencies, requires not only a trusted enterprise-ready solution, but also a partner that is able to work with us and navigate everything from archiving to authentication to mobile phone support,” said Chris Smith, chief information officer at USDA. “USDA’s IT modernization will allow us to streamline our operations and help us use taxpayer dollars more efficiently. With a focused cloud road map, we saw a clear opportunity to help achieve our cost savings and consolidation goals and tap into the promise of the cloud.”

The USDA’s announcements means it will join more than 500 state and local governments in the U.S. that use Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure. Nearly every federal agency now trusts their productivity needs to Microsoft Office, Exchange and SharePoint.

Microsoft recently claimed that Google is “failing” in the enterprise. The company has been banging the cloud drum over the past couple of years and it appears this is paying off well for Enterprise customers. Microsoft began advertising “To the Cloud” consumer capabilities in October. The software giant has issued three adverts so far which highlight the cloud features of Windows Live. The company also kicked off a brand new advertising campaign named “Cloud Power” in October. The Redmond based company wants to take its cloud computing investments a step further by advertising the potential benefits to customers. Microsoft made its commitments to its cloud offerings extremely clear at this year’s Professional Developers Conference. The message of the event was that Microsoft were “all in” for cloud services.

The advertising campaign follows the introduction of Microsoft’s new Office 365 service, which puts a number of Office technologies straight into the cloud allowing businesses of any size to save time and money. The Cloud Power campaign focuses on the public cloud, private cloud and cloud productivity.

Cloud Power will appear in print, online, radio and TV commercials over the next several weeks. The adverts will roll out globally in magazines, newspapers, billboards and airport signs. The ads will feature three of Microsoft’s core cloud computing technologies: Office 365, Windows Azure and Windows Server Hyper-V. The first billboards have already begun hanging at Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport over the weekend. The campaign is expected to cost Microsoft several hundred million dollars. Microsoft’s consumer campaign “To the Cloud” is already running across the web and TV and focuses on the consumer offerings for cloud based computing.

  • GP007

    So, is Google going to file a complaint about this choice as well? I’m just asking.