Los Angeles will test a migration to Google with 30,000 employees

Google has received a boost of support after the Los Angeles City Council approved a deal in which 30,000 city employees will begin to use Gmail and other Google tools

"The City of Los Angeles, the second largest city in the nation, made a world-class decision today to support a state-of-the-art e-mail system," L.A. City Councilman Tony Cardenas said regarding the decision.

Prior to the final vote, some council members said the deal wouldn't make fiscal sense since the city likely wouldn't receive any significant cost savings by switching to Google.  Furthermore, L.A. will become the first major metropolitan area to switch over employees to Gmail, which has some council members concerned regarding the site's stability.

"It's unclear if this is cutting edge, or the edge of a cliff and we're about to step off," L.A. Councilman Paul Koretz noted to the L.A. Times.

Google and the city included a clause that says if there is a significant data breach in which city employee information was stolen or viewed, Google would pay compensation.

Depending on the stability of Google's servers, and the city's overall satisfaction with the service, it's possible other cities will try and work Gmail and Google's other cloud-based services into their IT infrastructure.

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