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FAA moves to the cloud

June 8, 2012, 04:24 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration recently announced that it will adopt a Computer Sciences Corp. cloud productivity solution from the Microsoft Office 365.

This system will provide 60,000 FAA employees and 20,000 Department of Transportation employees with email access, instant messaging, calendars and web conferencing with adequate security on any device. Other government agencies that have switched to the cloud technology include the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

"The FAA's mission is essential to how our nation functions, and the agency's decision to implement Office 365 validates our approach to enterprise security, privacy and compliance in the cloud," said Curt Kolcun, vice president of U.S. Public Sector at Microsoft. "Microsoft has supported government agencies such as the FAA for nearly 30 years, and as a committed partner we'll continue to innovate in ways that help our public-sector customers improve efficiency and reduce operating costs while delivering better citizen services."

The contract with Microsoft is for one year, worth up to $91 million and has the potential to extend further six more years. Those pilots keeping the business in tact should consider pilot life insurance as an option for a viable financial future.

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