People who are looking to move to the cloud often have concerns about leaving behind their familiar legacy system and switching to a new, more technologically advanced service. But Google Apps makes transitioning to the cloud – and staying there – hassle-free.
Right from the start of your migration process, the ease of Google Apps is apparent. Whereas some cloud service providers specifically target businesses, Google Apps offers its services across multiple platforms tailored to the needs of businesses, government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations, making the Google Apps suite a convenient choice for everyone. The actual switch to Google Apps is as easy as the choice, as it comes with a setup wizard that can walk you through the process step-by-step. Or you can purchase the suite (for the exact same price as offered by Google) through a Google Apps Authorized Reseller who will provide you with increased migration services and ongoing support.
Once you’ve migrated to Google Apps, the cloud is at your fingertips with an intuitive, and often familiar, services. Because many people use Gmail for their personal email accounts, they not only already know how to use the system, but also enjoy using it at work or school. But even for those who are unfamiliar with Gmail, the system is easy to use, with threaded emails to eliminate inbox clutter, Google-powered search to quickly find past discussions, and a straightforward IM and video chat system. All Google Apps platforms also come standard with useful features including Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Groups.
A key feature of Google Apps is that it is hosted entirely in the web browser and runs without any additional hardware or software. This means that Google Apps users have mobile access to their accounts, or the ability to access their accounts and all associated information from anywhere on any web-enabled device. The mobile access feature takes full advantage of the capabilities of the cloud and makes communication, collaboration, and working on-the-go simple and convenient. And Google Apps runs on a 99.9% uptime guarantee, which means that users never have to worry about being unable to access their accounts due to system failures.
Google Apps also makes security in the cloud easy. All Google Apps platforms are verified in third-party SAS70 Type II audit to ensure the security and privacy of all information stored on Google Apps. And Google Apps for Government was the first cloud computing service to receive certification under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), giving this platform additional protection.
Just as Google Apps makes the cloud easy, the pricing of the service makes choosing Google Apps easy. Costs range from the Google Apps for Business platform at $50/user/year to the Google Apps for Education platform for $0/user/year. These low costs combined with significantly fewer IT expenses are sure to save you money.
With the easy-to-use and beneficial features of Google Apps, making the switch to the cloud no longer needs to be difficult decision.