We’ve written before about how cloud computing has the potential to reduce energy use by 30 to 90 percent when organizations migrate from smaller data centers to Microsoft’s cloud. That’s one reason why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently chose to migrate its collaboration and email services to the cloud.
Microsoft and Lockheed Martin have been selected by the EPA to deploy Microsoft Office 365, a cloud-based collaboration and communication service that will allow the EPA to reduce its energy footprint and realize significant cost savings. By migrating its core collaboration tools and email to Microsoft’s cloud, the EPA is expected to save approximately $12 million over four years.
Approximately 25,000 EPA employees will use Office 365 for Government. The EPA will join other federal agencies—including the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Agriculture—in adopting Office 365 as a cloud-based solution.
We have a longstanding collaboration with the EPA, which recently awarded Microsoft a Green Power Partner of the Year Award as the third largest organizational purchaser of renewable energy—more than 1 billion Kilowatt-hours last year. As the federal agency responsible for protecting human health and enforcing environmental regulations, the EPA has also played an important role in encouraging the role of technology to achieve energy efficiency, like its Apps for the Environment contest.
You can read the press release on Microsoft News Center to learn more about how the EPA will deploy Office 365 for Government.