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November 13, 2012 07:45 ET

HP Moves U.S. Veterans Affairs Communications Environment to Cloud With Microsoft Office 365

Agreement Enables 600,000 Department Employees to Securely Exchange Information From Any Location via the Cloud

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 13, 2012) - HP Enterprise Services (NYSE: HPQ) today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded the company a five-year contract valued at $36 million to provide a department-wide email and calendaring infrastructure to the VA's 600,000 users with Microsoft Office 365 for Government.

The agreement was awarded under the Veterans Administration Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology (VA T4) program, the department's information technology modernization contract. The modernization effort will begin with 15,000 people and expand agencywide to 600,000 people when all contract options are executed.

"VA is moving to cloud-based email 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.

Under the agreement, HP will lead and manage the implementation of Office 365 for the VA to enhance reliability, security, privacy and compliance as well as create geographically diverse disaster recovery. Moving to the cloud enables the VA to fulfill the Cloud-First federal mandate while anticipating improved employee productivity and collaboration and reduced costs. 

The VA will use Microsoft Office 365 for Government, which features a separate community cloud, for email, shared calendars, instant messaging, and web and video conferencing. It also includes industry-leading applications for productivity and collaboration including cloud-based Office, Exchange, Lync and SharePoint.

"The VA needed to transform into a 21st century organization that could enable employees to collaborate more effectively," said Marilyn Crouther, senior vice president and general manager, U.S. Public Sector, HP Enterprise Services. "Together with the VA and Microsoft, the HP team will modernize the VA's communications infrastructure while lowering costs and setting the stage for other U.S. government agencies to enter the cloud era."

HP and its alliance partners deliver best-in-class capabilities and practices, innovation and a distinct history of service-delivery excellence. For more than 13 years, the VA has worked with HP on some of the agency's most critical initiatives, including multiple IT solutions with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and VA Office of Information and Technology (OIT). 

"The VA's decision to implement Office 365 for Government with HP Enterprise Services validates our longstanding partnership and our commitment to helping them move to the cloud on their terms with the most complete productivity and collaboration tools available while keeping their information protected and secure," said Greg Myers, vice president, Federal, Microsoft.

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