In case you weren’t certain that cloud computing is sticking around for good, this story will convince you. Google recently launched an exciting new edition of its app suite named Google apps for Government. The platform will, according to Google, empower government agencies (in the continental U.S.) with their first entirely secure cloud computing app suite to receive the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification. Thanks to this certification, and the fact that as an added security measure, Google has confirmed it will be segregating Gmail and Google Calendar data into centers used exclusively for the public sector, government organizations can try out and migrate to the service without any unnecessary hassle.
Maybe you’re wondering if there’s even a significant user market for Google Apps for Government. The answer to that question is – it’s very likely there is. The cost-cutting potential the service offers organizations at every level of government is enough to force even the most laggardly of laggards to give cloud computing a second glance.
This is a big, exciting move for Google. But in order for Google Apps to inspire any sort of widespread adoption on behalf of government agencies, the seal on data for this service has to be air-tight. It seems as though the company is taking the right steps to guaranteeing the security of information, and is even ensuring that specified reporting, collecting and strategic archiving measures are (or will soon be) in place.
As of right now, Google already has a few heavy hitting clients in the public sector who swear by the service. Watch the video below to see how well running a city in the cloud is working for Los Angeles.