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TMCnet Office 365 Week in Review

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November 17, 2012

TMCnet Office 365 Week in Review

By Jamie Epstein, TMCnet Web Editor

Office 365 is continuing to gain adoption as businesses throughout the world are now migrating to the cloud. This robust suite not only can reduce costs and increase efficiency, but can bring enterprise communication and collaboration to an unparalleled level.

This week in the space, HP Enterprise Services revealed it is now assisting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) utilize Microsoft (News - Alert) Office 365 for Government. In a five-year contract that is estimated at nearly $36 million, the department will gain access to an array of key e-mail and calendaring functionalities that will then in turn be used by the VA’s user base of approximately 600,000.

This newly inked agreement falls under the Veterans Administration Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology (VA T4) program, which was developed in order to keep the organization at the forefront of all next generation technology. HP will be in charge of transitioning the organization seamlessly to Office 365, in a move that will surely ramp up reliability, security, privacy and compliance.

“VA is moving to cloud-based e-mail and collaboration as part of a broader effort to leverage emerging technologies to reduce costs, increase efficiencies and, most importantly, improve service delivery to our nation’s veterans,” said Charles De Sanno, executive director, Enterprise Systems Engineering, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, in a statement.

In other news, SherWeb, a provider of e-mail, collaboration, and backup solutions including Office 365 and SharePoint, was just highlighted within the 109th position on Deloitte’s (News - Alert) Technology Fast 500 list of companies.

Growing by an impressive 1,076 percent just this year, the Office 365 provider also ranked 13th on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 for a third consecutive year.

“We’ve been able to maintain impressive growth by offering SMBs the two things they need most to successfully compete: powerful, affordable tools that allow them to do more for less, and helpful service that’s always available,” said Peter Cassar, SherWeb’s president and CEO, in a statement. “No other provider can offer the same level of expertise, experience and customer service; that’s why so many IT pros choose SherWeb.”

Closing out the week, Microsoft’s Office 365 suffered its second outage in five days. Those who heavily rely upon the cloud-based platform were not too pleased when they realized they couldn’t get into their Office 365 e-mail accounts.

After rumors of the problem began to swirl, the technology giant released a statement commenting, “On Tuesday, Nov. 13, some customers served from our North America data centers are experiencing intermittent access to e-mail services,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement. “Customers are being updated regularly via our normal communication channels. We sincerely apologize to our customers for any inconvenience.”

Be sure to check back each and every week to the Office 365 community for all of the latest news in the space!

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