Library of Congress wants to bring its email to the cloud


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The Library of Congress is looking to move its email service to the cloud.

The Library, which is in the middle of strong push to modernize its systems, recently filed a request for information to learn more about “the availability and capability of Software as a Service (SaaS) Cloud Computing E-mail Solution” in the commercial space. 

The agency asked for responses to focus on the specifics of email functions, like archiving, collaboration and advanced litigation support services, as well as vendors’ ability to migrate and integrate multiple systems to the cloud, and their platforms’ security, encryption, infrastructure and network connectivity features.

The Library currently hosts about 10,000 email accounts on “primary servers residing in a D.C. data center with a failover site in Virginia” using Microsoft Exchange 2007 to archive correspondence.

“The system is currently designed so that mail will still function if one of these sites is unavailable,” the RFI claims. 

Moving to the cloud could provide a welcomed boost to the Library’s IT system, which suffered a denial-of-service attack Monday, shutting employees out of work emails. The RFI comes as the Library of Congress solicited a $40 million contract to support modernization earlier this month. 

Last week, Congress also confirmed a new head of the Library, Carla Hayden, who promises to focus on bringing updated technology to the 200-year-old establishment.

Responses to the RFI are due before midnight July 30. 

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