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Salesforce.com Unveils the Government Cloud

WASHINGTON April 25, 2012  — http://www.salesforce.com/cloudcomputing/

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New Dedicated Government Instance: Meeting the Needs of U.S. Government

To accelerate government’s transformation to the social enterprise, salesforce.com will deploy a dedicated instance of its cloud computing infrastructure for U.S. federal, state, and local government customers and government-authorized entities.  The salesforce.com government instance will be composed of dedicated databases and supporting infrastructure designed to meet the regulatory and compliance needs of U.S. government customers. 

The salesforce.com government instance will be built on the company’s trusted, multi-tenant infrastructure, which will allow agencies to scale instantly and get easy, automatic upgrades.  The dedicated, multi-tenant government cloud instance will provide separate application and database servers supporting government customers, housed within salesforce.com’s U.S. production data centers.  Using secure software access controls, government data will be logically separated on the government instance, meaning an agency’s data will reside in common databases along with other government customers. 

The dedicated government instance will offer the same high level of security, reliability and availability as other salesforce.com instances and will support existing security and privacy standards and certifications including FISMA, SSAE 16 (formerly SAS 70), ISO 27001, PCI-DSS Level 1, Safe Harbor, and TRUSTe.

New AppExchange for Government: The App Marketplace for the Public Sector

The new AppExchange for Government provides a central cloud app marketplace where government agencies can drive their social transformations and reduce costs by quickly identifying applications to meet their needs.  AppExchange for Government is a one-stop shop for everything from help desks and asset management, to program and project management, to constituent relations and more. Launching with more than 60 apps selected specifically for government and public sector agencies, AppExchange for Government includes apps like:

  • BasicGov:
  • DocuSign:
  • SchoolForce:

AppExchange for Government builds on the tremendous success of salesforce.com’s AppExchange which currently has more than 1,400 cloud apps that have been test driven or deployed more than one million times by salesforce.com’s more than 100,000 customers.

New Government Partner Accelerator Program: 1,000 Integrators to Deploy Salesforce

In the past, the lack of integrators who were trained to deploy cloud technologies was an obstacle to government’s transformation to the social enterprise.  With the Salesforce Government Partner Accelerator Program, now 1,000 integrators will have a path to today’s social and mobile cloud by the end of 2012. The program will train integrators on social and mobile salesforce.com cloud solutions for government, allowing these companies to build their businesses for the future.  Starting now, interested integrators can visit salesforce.com/gpa and sign up to learn how Salesforce can help government agencies transform into social enterprises.

  • How much will it cost?
  • Where is it? Herndon, VA
  • When will it begin? Thursday, May 17, 2012
  • Who is eligible?

Government Agencies Trust Salesforce.com to Power Their Social Transformations

Salesforce.com currently counts two-thirds of U.S. federal Cabinet-level agencies and governments in more than 80 percent of U.S. states as users of its trusted cloud services.  Salesforce.com has received the FISMA Authority to Operate (ATO) at the moderate impact level with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of the Interior (DOI), and General Services Administration (GSA), adding to existing ATOs at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Customers at state government levels across the country, including the Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority, New Jersey Transit, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Texas Department of Information Resources are all leveraging salesforce.com’s social, mobile, and open cloud computing technologies.

Pricing and Availability

  • The salesforce.com government instance is currently scheduled to be available in the third quarter of calendar year 2012.
  • AppExchange for Government is generally available today.
  • Customers who purchase salesforce.com technologies should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available. 

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