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Google Apps Vault for Education has Arrived

vault-icon-150x150We are pleased to announce the Google Vault is available for K-12 schools and districts, and higher education institutions.  And, the price is right.

Google Apps Vault

Google Apps Vault provides in-place archiving for Gmail and Talk.  Archiving for Google Docs content is expected in the not too distant future.  Google Apps Vault is fully integrated with Google Apps, using the cPanel for management.  Like Postini/Google Message Archive & Discovery, there is no space limit for Vault accounts.  Unlike Postini, retention is indefinite — no more limitation at 10 years retention.

EDU Pricing

For K-12 Schools, Google Apps Vault lists at $10 per user per year.  Coverage must be purchased for all faculty/staff accounts; student accounts are provided at no cost.   This represents a savings of $1 per user per year (for most schools) that would otherwise use Google Message Discovery 10 Year Retention for faculty and staff emails; and a significant cost savings for student accounts.

Things to Know

As with any change, there are some considerations.  Google Apps Vault preserves data so long as the underlying Google Apps account exists.  If you need to maintain records after an employee leaves, then the Google Apps account should be suspended and not deleted. This does mean that you will continue to pay for the account when maintaining and archive.

What if you are running Postini, aka Google Message Archive & Discovery?

If you are running Message Archive & Discovery, Google will migrate your service to the new Google Apps Vault platform.  Currently, these transitions are beginning with commercial (Business) customers.  When it is time to transition, Google will handle all of the data migration and we, Cumulus Global, will be working with you to make sure you can take advantage of the new features and capabilities.

FUD! Who do YOU trust?

Fear!  Uncertainty!  Doubt! Every since Google announced that its Postini services — Google Message Security and Message Archive & Discovery were moving from an aging Postini infrastructure to the more secure, more robust Google Apps infrastructures, Postini customers have been hounded by competitors raising alarms about Postini going away and the need for a replacement.

We have already established that Postini is not going away in this blog post. Additionally we’ve pointed out that for the same pricing plan, Postini customers will gain integrated access to Google Docs, Sites, Talk, and other services (everything but Gmail, actually).

So if a vendor’s first contact with you is that Postini is going away, you know they are lying — or at least bending the truth to mislead you.

It is surprising how many people will listen to vendor claims, fail to validate them, and make decisions that impact their businesses.

Vendors use FUD because it works.  It works because business owners and IT managers are busy and they want to believe there is a better mousetrap.  But if a vendor is lying to you, why would you want to do business with them?  If they mislead you to get your business, will they follow through on their promises of quality?  savings?  support?

With a modest amount of due diligence, businesses can save themselves newer, bigger headaches.

Postini is Moving, But Not Going Away

Earlier this month, Google announced a major change for users of Postini email security services, including the Google Message Security and Message Archive & Discovery Services.  If you listen to the FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) spewing from competitors, you would think that Google is about to abandon some its best customers.

Here are the facts:

  • Google is moving Postini services from the legacy Postini data centers onto Google’s more advanced infrastructure.
  • Before the migrations begin, Google is adding functionality to Google Apps’ spam and virus services that are not yet present:
    • Policy-Based TLS Encryption is in the current Scheduled Release Track
    • Daily Quarantine Summary messages and expanded blatant spam protection are planned
  • Postini users will have the same features and services after the migration that they have today.
  • The Postini Administration Console will be replaced by cPanel settings and modules that will simplify the interface and make management of the services more intuitive.
  • Migrations will begin in the first quarter of 2013, starting with Google Message Security customers.  Message Archive & Discovery services will migrate to Google Apps Vault.  These migration will happen later.
  • Google will publish a migration path for Google Message Encryption users in the near future.
  • Pricing for services will remain the same.
  • After the migration, Postini customers will have access to additional features, including Google Apps services other than Gmail.  Message Archive & Discovery customers will be able to archive instant messages sent/received via Google Talk and, in the future, documents stored in Google Docs.

Our Analysis:

When Google migrated Google Apps customers running the embedded Postini services to the new spam/virus protection in Google Apps, customers did notice a difference.  Most notable were differences in the scope of blatant spam filtering and the elimination of the daily quarantine summary.

For users of “stand-alone” Postini services, Google is filling in the functionality gaps and has committed to fully equivalent services.  Beyond that, Google is providing Postini users with added features and benefits of Google’s infrastructure.  Whether or not a company is interested in access to Google Docs and other services, the Google Apps infrastructure will provide greater performance and reliability.

Our Recommendation:

We recommend companies stay with Postini and go through the migration process.  With comparable features and functions, access to additional services, and simplified management tools, companies should benefit from the changes.  The scope and quality of services are worth waiting for and trying, before deciding if there is any need to look elsewhere.

 

Good News for EDUs

We have some good news for educational institutions using Google Apps.  Google has increased the inbox size from 7.5GB to 25GB per user, giving your users the same level of service as businesses.

In addition, Cumulus Global can now offer Google’s famous educational discounts for all Postini services, including Google Message Security and Message Archive & Discovery services.  These discounts are valid if you use Google Postini services with your in-house email servers or Google Apps for Education.

Contact us for more information and pricing.

Webcasts

Email Security and Reliability

3T@3 Webcast Series: Tuesday, August 17th at 3:00 PM ET

Cyber attacks are up more than 400% over the past 18 months. More than two-thirds of all attacks begin with email. Most organizations have Sender Policy Framework (SPF) records to identify authorized IP addresses; Some use Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM) to validate email integrity. Very few use Domain Authentication Reporting & Conformance (DMARC) to prevent inbound attacks and ensure your email is trusted and delivered.

DMARC prevents business email compromises, spoofing, and phishing attacks. In addition to protecting you from inbound attacks, DMARC protects your domain’s reputation and helps ensure reliable email deliverability.

In this month’s 3T@3 Webcast, we explore the tenants of email security and will discuss how adding DMARC to your security profile protects your business. Our CEO, Allen Falcon, will be joined by Brian Westnedge of Red Sift. The team will present onDMARC as a DMARC-as-a-Service solution. More than half of all companies fail to complete their DMARC implementation projects. onDMARC ensures a successful deployment and on-going management of your email integrity.

Please join Allen and Brian to learn about risk, reputation, and reliability for your email communications.

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Data Protection & Security

Email Security and Compliance

3T@3 Webcast Series: Tuesday, July 20th at 3:00 PM

79% of cyber attacks involve compromised identities; more than 80% of these start with an email.  Email security and compliance is not an option; basic protections are no longer enough. Beyond blocking spam, ransomware, and malware, you need to protect your business from phishing, business email compromise, and identity spoofing and theft.

Tiered email security protects against inbound threats, outbound risks, and identity misuse and theft.

In this month’s 3T@3 Webcast, we give an updated look at email security and compliance. Summarizing risks and trends, we dive into a tiered approach to ensuring your business, data, employees, and reputation are protected.  We also discuss emerging compliance requirements and steps you can take to ensure you operate within regulatory, industry, and policy expectations.

Please join Cumulus Global CEO Allen Falcon for this essential webcast.

View the recording on-demand.


Data Protection & Security