Google into Cloud Computing

In the wake of the General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) new Apps.gov cloud computing storefront, Google has announced that it will soon offer a set of cloud services to government.

Expected to go live in 2010, Google’s government cloud offering will offer Google Apps in a dedicated environment, says Matthew Glotzbach, Google’s director of enterprise product management.

The federal version of Google Apps will be distinguished from the standard business offering in a number of ways. Specifically, the facilities used will meet the security requirements of the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

Because of FISMA compliance considerations, Google will have to put the employees who oversee the operations through specific background checks mandated by agencies. Government services would have to reside on their own servers and be accessed only by approved personnel.

Glotzbach notes that multiple live copies of the data would be made for customers. Third-party auditors would verify the integrity of the government-specific data and applications, as per FISMA guidelines.

Pricing for the government-specific offering has not been determined. State and local agencies may also use the services.

Separately, Google is also planning to submit to GSA a FISMA Certification and Accreditation package for Google Apps by the end of the year, the approval of which will allow agencies to deploy the generic business-use version of Google Apps and remain under FISMA compliance.

In the wake of the General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) new Apps.gov cloud computing storefront, Google has announced that it will soon offer a set of cloud services to government.

Expected to go live in 2010, Google’s government cloud offering will offer Google Apps in a dedicated environment, says Matthew Glotzbach, Google’s director of enterprise product management.

The federal version of Google Apps will be distinguished from the standard business offering in a number of ways. Specifically, the facilities used will meet the security requirements of the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

Because of FISMA compliance considerations, Google will have to put the employees who oversee the operations through specific background checks mandated by agencies. Government services would have to reside on their own servers and be accessed only by approved personnel.

Glotzbach notes that multiple live copies of the data would be made for customers. Third-party auditors would verify the integrity of the government-specific data and applications, as per FISMA guidelines.

Pricing for the government-specific offering has not been determined. State and local agencies may also use the services.

Separately, Google is also planning to submit to GSA a FISMA Certification and Accreditation package for Google Apps by the end of the year, the approval of which will allow agencies to deploy the generic business-use version of Google Apps and remain under FISMA compliance.

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