Interior Department has revamped its request for a cloud email service, and the two tech giants are fighting for it as well as other cloud service deals in government and beyond.
One month after a federal court agreed to drop Google's lawsuit claiming that the Department of the Interior unfairly discriminated against the tech company in favor of Microsoft in a $59 million cloud email contract, the two companies will need to gear up for another fight, as Interior is back in shopping mode.
Google moved in September to dismiss its own case on the grounds that Interior would cancel its old cloud email acquisition and order up a new one, which Interior did by issuing a new request for information for cloud email last Friday. The lawsuit had arisen after Interior sought to award the 88,000-seat email deal to a Microsoft partner, and Google quickly filed suit, claiming the agency had failed to justify its decision to exclude Google from the process.
The suit was just a skirmish in a much larger war that's playing out as more companies and organizations look to cut costs and better leverage internal IT resources by moving their email systems to the cloud. While Microsoft dominates the on-premises email market over former stalwart IBM, the company faces new and aggressive competition in the cloud market from the likes of Google.
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By: J. Nicholas Hoover