Cloud Computing: Google Apps Leads Microsoft in Federal Cloud Race: 10 Reasons Why It Matters
Google has scored something of a coup versus Microsoft in its quest for credibility for its Google Apps collaboration software suite, which the company delivers over the cloud to end users. The company July 26 launched Google Apps for Government, a flavor of Google Apps that recently gained FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act) certification. Awarded to Google from the U.S. government's General Services Administration, FISMA calls for all information systems used by U.S. federal government agencies to have solid security. Microsoft does not have FISMA certification yet for its rival cloud computing suite, but it's working to get it. Here are 10 reasons why Google's suite and FISMA certification matter.