Google Cloud Platform is on an expansion roll of late as the Alphabet-owned cloud provider has just announced two new major clients. Google Cloud has announced that it has inked a 5-year deal with the US Department of Energy to provide access to a broad range of Google Cloud services, including Google Cloud Platform and Google Workspace.
The other major deal is with the State of West Virginia, wherein the state’s executive branch agencies will start using Google Workspace as their main business software. Let’s take a look at the two major deals struck by Google Cloud in detail:
Department of Energy (DoE) Deal
The 5-year deal between Google Cloud and DoE has been inked with DoE’s plans of scaling research initiatives at its National Laboratories and field sites. While the exact dollar figure for the deal has not been disclosed by Google, DoE will begin using GCP and Workspace tools. Google says that over 100,000 DoE employees and contractors can now easily avail Google’s services such as BigQuery, AutoML, Cloud GPUs and TPUs, Google Kubernetes Engine, and TensorFlow.
DoE’s use cases for Google’s tools include tasks such as preventive maintenance of energy equipment using machine learning and identification of cost-effective renewable energy resources, among others. Talking about the deal, Rocky Campione, the CIO at DoE, stated, “our work with Google Cloud is helping us reduce the friction and pivot to innovation. With this agreement, we’re helping our labs focus on solving problems and get to a place where they can pick the compute they need to get their jobs done.”
West Virginia Deal
While the federal DoE deal includes the usage of Google Cloud Platform, the deal with the State of West Virginia is confined to using just Google Workspace. The multi-year agreement will witness 22,000 state employees in the executive branch migrating to Google Workspace. The State also estimates the move will save them $11.5 million.
Other than cost savings, the State of West Virginia is also eyeing data loss prevention, access control policies (via the zero-trust model), and advanced video meeting capabilities offered by Google Workspace. West Virginia Governor Jim Justice spoke about the deal, stating, “this collaboration – West Virginia and Google – is truly going to allow us to serve the people of this state better than ever, and the people should be proud of the fact that we got a great deal and will be saving millions and millions of dollars in the process. It’s an incredibly exciting opportunity for us to be able to work with a tech giant like Google. This is another example of how the best of the best companies are seeing all the goodness we’re building in West Virginia and want to be a part of our momentum.”
The two new deal inked by Google Cloud are indicative of the efforts the California-based provider is putting in expansion. Other than West Virginia, other US states such as Colorado, Arizona, and Wyoming have already adopted Google Workspace. After big-ticket cloud deals with mega entities like Major League Baseball and Nokia, Google’s focus on the public sector will surely help it in competing with the two other major providers — Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.