L.A. votes to "Go Google"; pressure shifts to Google and the cloud

L.A. votes to "Go Google"; pressure shifts to Google and the cloud

Summary: The city of Los Angeles votes unanimously to "Go Google," a monumental decision that could puts Google and cloud computing in the hot seat.

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Score one for Google and The Cloud.

The Los Angeles City Council today voted unanimously to "Go Google," approving a $7.25 million contract to outsource the city's e-mail system to Google's cloud and transition some 30,000 city employees to the cloud over the coming year, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Clearly, this is a big deal for the city of Los Angeles. But this vote is also monumental for cloud computing as a whole, which has gained popularity and widespread interest but still relatively little adoption as companies - and municipalities, apparently - weigh the anticipated cost benefits over the unknown risks that might come with system failures or data breaches.

The stakes are also high for Google, which has stepped up its campaign for Google Apps, its cloud-based suite of offerings, by highlighting how companies who are fed up with breakdowns and costs of maintaining old legacy systems finally decided to "Go Google."

Both Google and Microsoft had put in bids for the city's contract and, at one point, it seemed to be a showdown between the two, representing a bigger winner-take-all battle between old school systems and 21st Century cloud systems. In a post last month, I suggested that a win for Microsoft would show that Outlook and Exchange are still big players and that a win for Google would show that the cloud is ready for prime time.

This doesn't necessarily mean the beginning of the end for Microsoft in this space. Los Angeles is just one city on this planet - and it's only 30,000 city employees. But Google clearly has its sights set on the enterprise for the next wave of growth, even to the point that it could overtake - or nicely complement - the advertising business.

At the Gartner IT Symposium 2009 in Orlando earlier this month, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said the largest number of seats for Google runs about 30,000 users and that goal right now is to gain users for its enterprise apps. He sees the enterprise as "humongous," a multi-billion dollar business that has real potential. By Gartner's calculations, enterprise accounts for about 3 cents of every dollar that Google makes, leaving plenty of room for growth.

That growth could come from the countless other municipalities, agencies and companies that have been toying with the idea of a move to the cloud but have held back, waiting for someone else to  jump off the cliff first.

That's what happened in L.A. today

Topics: Collaboration, Cloud, Google, Hardware

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  • L.A. votes to "Go Google"; pressure shifts to Google and the cloud

    Glad I don't live in L.A. Can you imagine the riots that will go on when Google has another one of their outages?
    Loverock Davidson
    • yup

      Loverock, as always, is absolutely right. Unlike Google, Outlook and Exchange never, ever crash.

      Look, it's very simple. Microsoft is always best. Not matter what the application, Microsoft software is best in every way, always has been and always will be. A thousand years from now, Microsoft will still be be best.

      Choose Microsoft and you will never go wrong.
      Eduardo_z
      • Mr Z your medication are on your table

        wow exchange never crash great to know that
        .... ok

        are you sure your ok
        Quebec-french
        • Hook Line Sinker ... Ha Ha... He got you!

          The new Mike Cox - 10.0
          Basic Logic
          • LA Fails

            Well this should be good. These days its more likely your internet will fail before any server cascade does. All the sudden... oops, no more emails, or calendars, or tasks, or contacts, everyone go home.

            the cloud is a nice idea, but not for data storage. It can be really handy with data processing and managing. In the end I bet LA will end up backing the ir email up onto an inhouse server in the first place.

            This world needs more foresight! I'm so tired of half thinking IT managers. the LA IT guys should be fired.
            Millystone
          • Competition is good for everybody

            Why? Are you afraid of competition?
            Wintel BSOD
          • Who mentioend Competition?

            I never mentioned a problem with competition. Just with companies not thinking about what happens when... Blank happens?

            not sure where you got that idea?
            Millystone
          • I did

            And you seem to have more of a problem with Micro$oft losing the bidding than you do with LA and any potential problems that may arise.

            Don't think Outlook Exchange doesn't go down all the time?

            lol...

            Guess again...
            Wintel BSOD
          • He was being sarcastic

            Maybe a translation problem?
            Wintel BSOD
      • 9.3 - But, what did your rep say? (nt)

        (nt)
        Basic Logic
        • He said that the cognac and the cigars used to be better

          I guess this crisis is hitting everyone.
          The Mentalist
        • Lovey IS Cox's rep!

          Or should I say, was!

          He just got fired when Mike Cox retired - Mike was covering for him. That's when ZDNet hired him as a full-time troller. He posts here so often that he can't be employed elsewhere. Even Microsoft would have to funnel money through channels to fund him. ;)
          NetArch.
          • Now I am daydreaming at work...

            OMG! I want to be hired as a full-time troller! References available upon request!
            -=M=-
      • EXCHANGE is somewhat reliable.

        Microsoft has traditionally produced inferior, but cheaper products. This turns email intoi a purchasable solution. I suspect it will someday be as reliable as a clustered Linux POP3 server.

        My POP3 server has been up for 4263 days... Apparently it works like the guy says Microsoft does.

        I guess it is possible if you didn't have to patch MS every week.
        f4pilot
    • Hello, Google!

      Goodbye, Privacy!
      Vokar
      • re:Hello, Google!

        Goodbye, <a href="http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2009/02/gmail-tests-pgp-signature-verification.html" target="_blank">Pretty Good <em>Privacy</em></a>??


        ^o^
        <br>
        n0neXn0ne
      • Privacy?

        Government employees had privacy? I need to get out of federal work and go to L.A.
        Greenman76
        • Not the user's privacy, the city of L.A.'s privacy. (nt)

          rtk
          • How do you know?

            You been peering up where you shouldn't have been?

            lol...
            Wintel BSOD
    • At least they don't lose your data for weeks like Microsoft did...

      Forget about that great Microsoft trick already? Short memory?
      Basic Logic