General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), has added Email as a Service (EaaS) to its U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) IT Schedule 70 Contract. General Dynamics can provide Federal agencies with cloud-based email services that deliver greater effectiveness, flexibility and lower total cost of ownership.
“Email as a Service enhances email functionality for government agencies and supports the movement to cloud-based applications for flexibility and mobility without changing how users interact with their email,” said Woody Hall, chief information officer for General Dynamics Information Technology. “General Dynamics’ solution provides agencies with the ability to rapidly provision a shared environment, as well as build out and foster communication capabilities without interrupting the user experience.”
For its new EaaS offering, General Dynamics partnered with several key IT industry vendors to develop a streamlined email system that can be tailored to unique requirements, allowing agencies to achieve their mission objectives more effectively. The EaaS solution leverages a network of highly available data centers. These redundant sites are all located within the United States, and provide high level service availability.
In addition to providing the core email functionality, General Dynamics’ solution includes archiving and eDiscovery, records management and office automation tools. The EaaS solution also integrates email with other agency systems and applications to allow users to view, collaborate and exchange information from external systems such as procurement, enterprise monitoring and time tracking – extending the functionality of email and providing immediate access to mission-critical information from a single view.
The GSA IT schedule is an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity, multiple-award acquisition vehicle that provides Federal agencies direct access to IT products and services from industry partners. General Dynamics has added Email as a Service in category 132-52, Electronic Commerce and Subscription Services category. With this addition General Dynamics now provides five key offerings available through the Schedule 70 contract:
- Email as a Service
- Office Automation (Virtual Office)
- Electronic Records Management
- Migration Services
- Integration Services
Each of these solutions can be provided in a government community, private cloud, secret enclave or public cloud environment.
Adding Email as a Service to the IT Schedule 70 builds on General Dynamics’ cloud offerings to government customers. General Dynamics was selected as one of 12 awardees by the GSA for the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Blanket Purchase Agreement in October 2010.