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BPOS-F vs Google Apps for Goverment

September 5, 2010

Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite Federal (BPOS-F) is designed to give the public sector Microsoft-hosted Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Communications Online, and Live Meeting.  BPOS-F’s isintended to fill the same exact need as Google Apps for Government.

However…the key difference differentiator is that while BPOS-F is missing FISMA (Federal Information Security Management) – it is the key to the entire Google Apps for Government sales pitch. Microsoft say that this will be addressed soon.

FISMA specifies a “comprehensive framework to protect government information, operations and assets against natural or manmade threats.” Google Apps for Government “is the first suite of cloud computing applications to receive Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification and accreditation from the U.S. government,”

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