Google is creating a new division that will focus on helping US public sector organizations to accelerate the adoption of Google Cloud technologies. The company says that Google Public Sector caters to the growing needs of federal, state, and local governments, as well as educational institutions.
This new Google Public Sector division specifically aims to rapidly expand the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Google Workplace productivity suite to government entities. Google Public Sector will offer specialized services such as sales, customer engineering, customer support, channel and partner programs, customer success and services, security operations, and compliance.
Google already has a significant presence in the public sector. The company already has contracts with the US Air Force, Navy, the State of West Virginia, the US Postal Service, the US Department of Energy, as well as the U.S Forest Service. Meanwhile, the U.S Patent and Trademark Office uses Google’s AI tools to quickly perform patent searches.
In its press release, Google announced that Google Cloud CTO Will Grannis is appointed as interim Chief Executive Officer of its new subsidiary. Moreover, the Google Public Sector division will have a dedicated board of directors.
Additionally, Google plans to offer its cybersecurity solutions to protect public sector customers from sophisticated attacks and data breaches. The company noted that training employees on cloud services would remain its top priority.
“With Google Public Sector, our plan is to continue down the path of achieving the highest levels of U.S. government certifications and requirements possible. This means the division will have the capability to manage sensitive government data, and we are committed to protecting this data through our secure, zero-trust-based infrastructure,” said Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian.
Despite Google being a global company, Google Public Sector will only focus on the US market for now. If Google also has contracts with government agencies across the world, the company also faces some resistance from governments wanting to protect local competitors and avoid storing critical data on Google’s servers. However, Google isn’t the only tech giant trying to get a foothold in the public sector, and this new Google subsidiary may eventually set its eyes on other markets than the US.