HyperOffice Productivity SaaS Enters Amazon GovCloud
Cloud productivity provider HyperOffice has come out of stealth mode to announce it’s entered the Amazon GovCloud marketplace — which means agencies of the U.S. Government will be able to deploy its services from Amazon’s secure, pre-vetted cloud facility.
As a refresher (it’s been a while since HyperOffice has made an announcement), HyperOffice brings messaging, documents, project management, calendaring and more into the browser from a faux-desktop environment. On the Citrix VDI-Google Apps spectrum of SaaS productivity, it’s somewhere in the middle.
Meanwhile, Amazon GovCloud is the arm of cloud services firm Amazon Web Services with dedicated hardware and FISMA, SAS-70, ISO 27001, FIPS 140-2 and PCI DSS Level 1 certifications. And if that wasn’t enough alphabet soup, it’s also ITAR- and HIPAA-compliant.
In a prepared statement, HyperOffice president Farzin Arsanjani explains why the public sector might want to consider his company’s solution:
“We are all aware of the tremendous pressure on federal and state budgets. Getting rid of costly and outdated legacy systems and shifting to cost effective cloud based systems will be high on the agenda of every public sector organization and government agency, whether local, state or federal. The White House recognizes this opportunity. Vivek Kundra’s ‘cloud first’ initiative directs federal IT managers to look at lightweight internet based systems, especially in productivity and collaboration, to reduce costs and improve service delivery.”
It seems odd to me that Arsanjani would refer to Kundra but make no mention of Steven VanRoekel, his successor as Federal CIO, but his points are still valid.
It’s also worth noting this makes HyperOffice available to the same markets as Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps for Government. HyperOffice likes to position itself as “The Other White Meat” alternative to getting in the middle of the great Redmond/Mountain View divide. And Amazon is a fairly trusted partner in the IT world, so it gives HyperOffice’s platform a certain cachet in the public sector that it might not have otherwise.
HyperOffice has a full partner program, and this could have some long-term market benefits. TalkinCloud will be watching for more.