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Google Announces Google Apps for Government
Google announced a new edition of Google Apps designed for government, with specific measures to address the policy and security needs of the public sector. Google says Google Apps for Government is the first suite of cloud computing messaging and collaboration applications to receive Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification and accreditation from the U.S. General Services Administration.
Google Apps for Government stores Gmail and Calendar data in a segregated system located in the continental U.S., exclusively for its government customers. Other applications will follow in the near future. The suite is a "community cloud"-as defined by the National Institute for Science and Technology-to support the needs of government customers. Google Apps for Government is available now to any federal, state, or local government in the U.S.
Google Apps for Government lets agencies cut IT costs and empower employees. FISMA certification from the federal government attests to the security of the data. All these web-based applications cost $50 per user per year.
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