Tag Archives: Google Apps

Customers pleased with Google Enterprise desktop security – Security Bytes

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Enterprise information security professionals, by nature, tend to be somewhat paranoid, especially regarding new and emerging technology. So to this observer it seemed somewhat surprising not only to hear two Google Enterprise desktop customers extol the security and privacy of the search giant’s enterprise productivity offerings, but also to watch about 200 of the attendees at Gartner Inc.’s Security and Risk Management Summit 2010 hanging on every word.

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Loveland said his employer, a $6 billion global packaging firm, wanted to standardize its email and collaboration tools across geographies. His key privacy concerns were providing users unfettered access to corporate data – both email and shared documents — from virtually any Internet-connected computer, and offering the ability to sync with mobile devices not managed by the company.

This is also a boon to securing your corporate network – rather than needing to open up your Intranet to outside access for your employees on the go, your users may need less access to corporate resources, allowing you to close up some ports and access points to the Internet in general if all the docs, email, and calendaring are on Apps.

Also, are your own servers as hard as this?

“Google’s security strategy revolves around hiring talented security professionals and building multiple wholly owned data centers,” Bolt said. Those data centers, according to Google, feature custom-built servers running a hardened version of Linux with no video cards, drivers, USB ports or any other service that could risk compromising security. ”These layered security practices span the physical and logical, and they hire the right people and install values of security.”

via Customers pleased with Google Enterprise desktop security – Security Bytes.

Google Apps update alerts: Multi-domain management now available in Google Apps

This is my favorite new G.A. feature of late – management of multiple domains from a single domain of your choosing.  I can then assign e-mail addresses in any of the domains, and all contacts are shared between all the domains.

– After adding a domain, when admins now create a new user, they will have the choice to create the user with username@domainA.com or username@domainB.com.

via Google Apps update alerts: Multi-domain management now available in Google Apps.

Google Apps update alerts: New sharing settings in Google Docs

This is good information to share around your organization, to either take advantage of, or to avoid accidentally misusing.  New sharing settings in Google Docs:

Private: Private docs are accessible only to people or groups you’ve explicitly invited to the file. Anyone trying to access the file will have to sign in to verify that they have access to the file.

People at your organization with the link: Docs set to this option are accessible to anyone inside the domain who knows the URL of the file. If you also select the ‘Allow anyone to edit’ option, anyone with the URL will be able to view and edit your file. This option allows you to easily copy and paste the file’s link into chat, email and calendar invites.

People at your organization can find and access: Docs set to this option will be indexed by Google Docs search and may be opened by anyone in your organization.

If your Google Apps administrator allows sharing outside of your organization, you will also be able to make a file Public on the web or available to Anyone with the link (no sign in required). Administrators can also control the default visibility setting from the control panel.

via Google Apps update alerts: New sharing settings in Google Docs.

Google Apps update alerts: More ways to search in Google Docs with new search operators

Here’s some handy-dandy new search shortcuts that’ll be nearly impossible for the executives to remember!

How to access what’s new:

In the Docs list search box, you can now find your documents by using the following new search operators

:- Type of doc: type:{document, spreadsheet, presentation}

– Docs edited before or after a certain day: [ before:YYYY-MM-DD ]

– Docs owned by foo: [ owner:foo ]

– Docs with foo in the title: [ title:foo ]; [ subject:foo ] does the same thing

For more information:
http://docs.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=50094

via Google Apps update alerts: More ways to search in Google Docs with new search operators.

Google Apps update alerts: New in Gmail: Drag and drop attachments and insert a calendar invitation

Nice!  Being able to drag-and-drop attachments into Gmail brings it a huge leap forward in ease-of-use and desktop integration.

– You can now drag and drop attachments directly onto a message when composing a new message.
– You can now insert a calendar invitation directly from the compose window in Gmail.

Google Apps update alerts: New in Gmail: Drag and drop attachments and insert a calendar invitation.

Live Webcast: Geek out on the Cloud-Based Infrastructure of Google Apps, from Google

Tech Republic will broadcast a live webinar on April 22 to expound on some of the ways you can use and benefit from Google Apps:

Overview: Learn how Google’s global, multi-tenant infrastructure meets the demands of today’s Internet generation, and how your business can benefit from increased service levels, enhanced security and sustained economies of scale. Compare Google’s zero RPO and RTO design targets for instant failover to your disaster recovery standards. And get the skinny on how Google’s cloud-based development model means more innovation and faster availability to your end users. Put Google’s scale to work for you.

via Live Webcast: Geek out on the Cloud-Based Infrastructure of Google Apps, from Google – Webcasts and audiocasts with leading IT vendors — courtesy of TechRepublic.

Google Apps update alerts: Migrating from Microsoft Exchange now even easier with new Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Exchange tool

Exchange migrations just got a little more productive!

Google Apps update alerts: Migrating from Microsoft Exchange now even easier with new Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Exchange tool.

The new Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Exchange tool simplifies migration of email, calendar and contacts from both hosted and on-premise Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps. With this tool, admins can:

– Do multiple migrations in parallel.
– Centrally manage migration without end user involvement.
– Selectively migrate email, calendar or contacts (or any combination thereof).
– Migrate from Microsoft Exchange 2003 or 2007.

Thanks for the constant improvements, Google!

Open for business: the Google Apps Marketplace

Nice!  Virtually plug-and-play applications for Google Apps.   With Apps for Google Apps taking off, businesses will have even less need for in-home servers and applications, and will be able to use  seamlessly integrated applications in Apps.

I bet we’ll soon see the day when someone markets some SaaS app — in grand concept like Salesforce, but it could be for any purpose — based on Google Apps, where Google Apps is secondary to the Software being accessed.

Today, were making it easier for these users and software providers to do business in the cloud with a new online store for integrated business applications. The Google Apps Marketplace allows Google Apps customers to easily discover, deploy and manage cloud applications that integrate with Google Apps. More than 50 companies are now selling applications across a range of businesses.

via Official Google Blog: Open for business: the Google Apps Marketplace.

Google Docs uploads improvements

Google’s been busy making improvements to Docs!

First, they expanded the storage space to allow you to upload any type of file to the cloud with Google Docs, then Google updated the Documents List API to allow any file type to be uploaded, and now they’ve added these new features:

  • Thumbnail view in the Docs List which allows you to preview your Docs.
  • Spelling correction when searching for a doc.
  • Upload any file limit increased from 250MB to 1GB.

The API can be used by Premiere edition only, but the other improvements are available on all versions of Google Apps.  All this, with no price change!