Microsoft Office 365 to support MTA for cloud-based e-mail and productivity

Microsoft said it will supply Office 365 to New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) for 22,000 seats for cloud-based e-mail and productivity over the next few months.

MTA is deploying Microsoft Office 365 to ensure seamless communication and anywhere, anytime productivity capabilities, especially in crisis and disaster situations.

“In 2012, the majority of New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)’s services were stored in on-premises servers,” said Michael Donlan, vice president, U.S. State and Local Government Microsoft, in a blog post.

Because MTA services were stored in on-premises servers, the largest transportation network in North America was in danger of its communications services going down that could cause transit operations to suffer and leave the MTA unable to help commuters.

The MTA serves a population of more than 15 million with a network of 5,000-square miles from New York City to southeastern New York State. Office 365 will assist MTA to maintain email and server connectivity, improve cross-team collaboration, and keep its operations moving forward regardless of the circumstance.

This new strategy will also deliver more than $6 million dollars in cost savings over the next three years.

City of Chicago, the City of San Jose, the State of New York, and the State of Texas are also clients of Microsoft Office 365.

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