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Google Apps gets FISMA-certified for government work

Google's online office productivity suite has received Federal Information Security Management Act certification from the U.S. government.

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Google earns government certification for security
Google has landed an important federal certification for encryption and security. An official Google blog post said that the company has received Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification and accreditation from the U.S. government for its Google Apps office productivity suite, including Gmail.

According to the release, Gmail and Calendar data are now located on physically segregated and secured servers within Google's massive IT operations. The data is totally transparent to federal customers, as well as meeting stringent FISMA regulations, which require mind-boggling amounts of paperwork and security implementations. Perhaps this will help speed along Google's Gmail rollout in Los Angeles, which has run into security hurdles.

NTT America Cloud Files now live
The American arm of Japanese telecom giant NTT has officially opened the doors on its Cloud Files storage service, which will start around $0.15 per GB plus bandwidth costs, and offer a number of soothing buzzwords to potential enterprise customers. It's intended as competition for Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) and "enterprise-grade" offerings from other telecoms, like AT&T's Synaptic Storage.

"The underlying storage technology that NTT uses is based on the Mezeo storage platform software. Cloud Files data is encrypted both in-flight and at rest," a company spokesperson said. The service offers user account controls and all sorts of other bells and whistles. Cloud Files storage has been a part of the NTT America cloud offering, but it is now available on its own.

Whether that's relevant in the online storage market or the booming cloud computing services market remains to be seen, but NTT America said that Cloud Files will offer the same 100% uptime service-level agreements (SLAs) as NTT Cloud, and they are ready for business.

"Our storage infrastructure is designed for rapid scalability and we have capacity planning engineers who ensure that we have ample capacity," NTT said.

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