Posts tagged: government
I follow developments in the tech industry quite closely but rarely discuss specific stories – this one is different.
…Google announced Google Apps for Government, a new version of Google’s suite of cloud-based enterprise applications that have been hardened to meet the government’s more stringent security restrictions.Dave Girouard, Google’s President of Enterprise, kicked off the presentation with a few stats: every year, the federal government spends $76 billion on IT expenses. Another $50 billion is spent on IT by state and local governments. Google is looking to help.
Google says that this is the first multi-tenant cloud application suite that has received FISMA certification at a FISMA-Moderate level, which gives it the ability to store and serve sensitive (but not classified) information. Google’s Matthew Glotzbach says this encompasses 80-90% of all government information.
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First, the fact that the government is ever growing, to the point that Google finds it necessary (and profitable) to develop government-specific IT programs is pretty astonishing (concerning, amazing, cool, scary, etc.). Second, the fact that even the government recognizes the challenges of closed systems is encouraging (again, it’s also quite scary). Lastly, the fact that Google is developing something to such standards is encouraging for the rest of the world as it will ultimately trickle down into our apps. (No position in GOOG – I just think it’s pretty impressive.)