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Google Apps Gains Enterprise Options From Postini

Google plans to begin offering policy management and message recovery services for business customers using Gmail as part of their Google Apps Premier Edition subscriptions.

Having completed its acquisition of e-mail service provider Postini last month, Google is ready to enhance its enterprise software service, Google Apps Premier Edition, with Postini's technology.

Google on Wednesday plans to begin offering policy management and message recovery services for business customers using Gmail as part of their Google Apps Premier Edition subscriptions.

"We're very proud of the Google facilities for their raw horsepower but they didn't have the configurability that you might need in the enterprise," said Matt Glotzbach, product manager for Google Enterprise.

Policy management allows for the creation and management of corporate policies for individuals or groups. It means that organizations can add footers to every outgoing message, for example, or block messages with certain keywords from being sent out. It provides IT administrators with access to e-mail records for auditing and compliance purposes.

The message recovery feature allows administrators to recover messages that have been deleted in the past 90 days.

Postini's anti-spam and anti-malware technology also is being extended to users of Google Apps Premier Edition. It will allow administrators to add customized spam and virus filtering on top of the protection that's already a part Gmail.

In addition, Google is increasing the amount of storage available to Google Apps Premier Edition customers from 10 Gbytes to 25 Gbytes.

"This gives users what we perceive as really unlimited storage," said Glotzbach.

It may not quite be unlimited, but it's certainly more than the 100 Mbyte or 250 Mbyte mailbox limits imposed by many organizations in an effort to, as Postini founder Scott Petry put it, keep their Exchange servers from choking.

Despite the addition of these new features and benefits, the price for the service remains unchanged at $50 per user per year.

The new policy management system doesn't cover Google Talk, Google's instant messaging application. However, Postini's service offers IM controls, making it likely that Google Apps Premier Edition customers will see Google Talk gain policy controls at a later date.

Google also is extending its free trial of Google Apps Premier Edition for existing Postini customers, as well as new Postini customers who sign up by the end of the year, through June 2008.

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