google announces Unlimited storage for Apps government customers

With FedRAMP ATO, Google clients get unlimited storage

Federal agencies can now get unlimited storage with their Google Apps for Work and Google App Engine accounts, as Google received an Authorization to Operate from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program.

With FedRAMP authorization, all Google’s government customers, current and prospective, can use the company’s cloud tools and securely store unlimited content on Google’s cloud platform.

Google Apps for Work is a set of cloud-based tools that allows teams to collaborate from any device. Some tools include Google Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides and Sites, Gmail and Google Calendar. Most recently, Google Explore has been added to Sheets, providing data analytics and visualization, and Google open-sourced TensorFlow, its scalable and adaptable software library and machine learning system.  There are tailored versions of the Apps for Work suite for education and government customers.

Google Apps  has been compliant with the Federal Information Security Management Act since 2010, the company said, and government agencies at federal, state and local levels have been adopting the public cloud provider’s tools since.  FedRAMP approval, however, requires a lengthy assessment and review process.

Federal customers thus far include the Department of the Interior, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Archives and Records Administration. Government agencies already using Google’s unlimited storage include the General Services Administration, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the states of Colorado and Wyoming.

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Reader Comments

Tue, Sep 13, 2016 Nick Murray D

Does this mean that any use of Google apps for work is FedRamp compliant? If not, what does one need to do to achieve FedRamp compliance with Google apps for work?

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