AppsCare Provides 8 Smart Reasons why Google Apps (free) Users Should Upgrade to Google Apps For Business

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Google offers two types of cloud solutions for business, Google Apps (free) and Google Apps for Business. Both versions include Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sites and an Administration Panel for your domain. Here are some smart reasons to upgrade to Google Apps for Business, based at just £33/user/year.

Google Apps for Business Administrators have access to 24-hour phone and email support, with a real person on the other end of the conversation.

London: 1. Google Apps is great for scalability.
If you are a new start up or small company and anticipate your business will grow to more than 10 employees, then upgrading to Google Apps for Business will provide you with the full package that is scalable as you grow.

2. Business Security
Google Apps (free and paid) is the first cloud based messaging and collaboration suite to achieve FISMA certification. Google Apps for Business recently earned ISO 27001 certification – one of the most widely recognized, internationally accepted independent security standards and already has SSAE 16 / ISAE 3402 audits. This assures customers that Google is committed to the ongoing development of more robust security measures.

3. Support
Google Apps for Business Administrators have access to 24-hour phone and email support, with a real person on the other end of the conversation. Free Google Apps subscriptions do not include phone or email support, administrators must search for help articles or posts online which may be out of date and unreliable.

4. Reliability
Google Apps for Business provides a 99.9% uptime SLA. This equates to be no more than nine hours of downtown per year.

5. Google Video
Google Video is, in essence an organisation’s private YouTube. Users within the company can upload videos, which are stream able and searchable online. Video uploaded can only be shared with those users within the organisation and provide a great opportunity for training and communication tools for virtual or global companies.

6. Outlook Interoperability
Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook (GASMO) allows users to access their Google Apps mail, contact and calendar through the familiar Microsoft Outlook interface. This feature is particularly useful when training employees with Google Apps or for those who are resistant to move to a web-based email system. This feature is not available for the Google Apps unpaid version.

7. Storage
Google Apps for Business users have a quota of 25GB of email storage space in comparison to Google Apps (free) users who get just 7GB. Business users require the extra space due to the high volume of email received per day and compliance laws on email retention.

8. Mobile Sync and BES Integration
Google Apps for Business can also be integrated with Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES). The BES connects with Google, authenticates using OAuth and syncs using Gmail Sync, Calendar and Contacts. This feature within the Business suite can be restricted or turned off as a security measure. This allows Administrators to better comply with the company’s policies around mobile devices.

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