Google has announced an edition of Google Apps designed for the US government.
Google Apps for Government features the same applications as other versions of Google Apps but provides greater security, according to Google. It is the first suite of cloud computing applications to receive Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification from the US government. This higher security specification covers storage of e-mail and calendar data in a segregated system.
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On his blog, Google technical program manager, Kripa Krishnan, said: "With no hardware or software to install and maintain, Google Apps for Government allows agencies to redeploy resources to technology projects core to their mission of serving the public. This new edition should give governments an even stronger case for making the move to the cloud."
Google announced its intention to develop a US government cloud last September. There are no current plans to bring Google Apps for Government to the UK. A Google spokesman said: "We have nothing to announce at this time, but we continue to work with governments around the world to help ensure they can benefit from the advantages of cloud computing."