Google has its head in a federal government cloud. The search engine giant wants to shift federal agencies from traditional desktop and server-based computing to so-called cloud computing, which relies on the web and outsourced remote file servers to deliver e-mail, send instant messages and share files. That shift ranges from software as a service and suites of applications - like Google Apps - to remote data storage.
Google hopes to win certification within weeks for its suite of products, a General Services Administration blessing of Google’s cloud computing security. That has huge implications: With its US$75 billion IT budget - roughly 10% to 20% of all IT spending nationally - the federal government is the cumulonimbus of the cloud computing world.
Source: biz journals