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UCD moves student email to Google Apps in four-year deal

posted Oct 12, 2011, 11:58 AM by Jeremy Cote   [ updated Oct 12, 2011, 11:58 AM ]
(excerpt from siliconrepublic.com)

UCD is moving its email and calendaring for almost 22,000 students to Google Apps as part of a four-year contract that’s expected to save the university close to €250,000.

The new service replaces the university’s student email service, which had previously been based on Sun hardware. The email addresses haven’t changed as a result of the handover, retaining the same firstname.lastname@ucdconnect.ie format.

UCD first decided to switch email providers at the start of the year. To help the decision-making process, the university set up a technical review group, with substantial input from a customer group comprising students and staff. “I was very keen that the decision be made by them rather than the decision being influenced by the IT services department,” said Brian Morrissey, head of web services at UCD's IT services team.

The migration began last May after exams ended. Baker Security & Networks, a Google Enterprise partner, provided assistance in reviewing UCD’s project approach and advising on various aspects of the migration. [click to keep reading]
UCD moves student email to Google Apps in four-year deal
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