“Google Apps for Government is the new edition for ‘federal, state and local governments’ in United States. Google Apps is also the first suite of cloud computing apps to receive FISMA certification from US government. With this federal government certification of our security controls, government agencies can use our cloud services with confidence,” stated Google….”Apps for Government will continue to evolve to meet government requirements, and stores Gmail and Calendar data in “segregated system” located in the continental US, exclusively for government customers. Other apps will follow in future. The suite is a “community cloud” —as defined by National Institute for Science and Technology—to support the needs of government customers.”
A wide range of US government customers are already taking advantage of GAs, from U.S. Navy’s InRelief program, to City of Los Angeles, to smaller governments across country like Panama City, Florida and City of Wooster, Ohio, and US Department of Energy’s Berkeley Lab:
“Switching to Google Apps supports a number of important Berkeley Lab goals: Sustainability, Efficiency, and Collaboration. Weve moved over 4,000 people to Google Mail service to date and an expected total of 5,000 accounts by end of summer 2010. We’ve already rolled out Google Docs and Google Sites Lab-wide to improve collaboration capabilities for our staff. A transition to Google Calendar is planned in coming months, as well,” said Dr. Rosio Alvarez.