With NYU, Google’s Cloud Now Has More Than 10 Million Academic Users

A staggering statistic was just unveiled by Google. There are now more than 10 million academic users in the Google cloud. Schools and entire districts have moved e-mail and collaboration to the Google cloud and that number continues to climb. Here’s a helpful article out today about how NYU is joining the masses. Has your school moved to the cloud? Would you want it to? Share your thoughts in the comments (now with Twitter and Facebook login!)

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. This announcement comes just weeks after New York State created an initiative to bring Google Apps for Education to their K-12 schools. With students and faculty across New York now using Google Apps, it looks like the Empire State has fully embraced the cloud.

This move to Google Apps will provide more than 60,000 students, staff and faculty at NYU with Google tools like Gmail, Calendar, Docs and Sites and will bring all 18 schools of NYU—including medical, dental and law schools—together on one uniform system. This project is estimated to save the University around $400,000 annually by eliminating the need to purchase, upgrade, and maintain in-house mail servers and software licenses.

Marilyn McMillan, NYU’s Chief Information Officer says the move is “…a win-win: in one stroke, we are able to provide better email services to members of the NYU community, offer a new set of tools for academic collaboration, and achieve savings for the University.”

The community of NYU joins more than 10 million users from thousands of schools across the globe who have gone Google, and we’re proud to welcome them to the family. To learn more about how you can bring you campus to the cloud, visit www.google.com/a/edu

Source: the Official Google Blog