Battlefield New York: Google, Microsoft Fight For Big Apple Cloud Bragging Rights

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The cloud computing battle royal between Google and Microsoft has hit the streets of Manhattan, as the two powerhouses wrestle to control their own specific segments of the City that Never Sleep's cloud computing environment.

Google on Monday revealed that New York University (NYU) has signed on to move the entire university to Google Apps for Education for its e-mail and collaboration offerings.

Miriam Schneider of Google's Apps for Education team wrote in a blog post that "the weather report may predict sun today in New York City, but it's beginning to look more like a city that's in the 'cloud.' Today, NYU announced that it's moving to Google Apps for Education, providing cloud-based email and collaboration tools to the entire university community."

NYU's jump into the cloud will move more than 60,000 students, staff and faculty at NYU onto Google Apps and to tools like Gmail, Calendar, Docs and Sites. It will bring all 18 of NYU's schools, including medical, dental and law schools, together onto one platform.

Schneider said that the project will save NYU roughly $400,000 annually by eliminating its need to buy, upgrade and maintain mail-servers and software licenses for on-premise systems.


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