Google a top contender in race to service feds
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Google Inc. 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 $75 billion IT budget — roughly 10 percent to 20 percent of all IT spending nationally — the federal government is the cumulonimbus of the cloud computing world.