I run a small IT Consultancy and we have been toying with the idea of using Google Apps for our Mail and our Calendaring using the Premium service Google offer. We will not be using Google for storing of our data or for Google Apps office replacements. Here is the pro’s and cons of Google Mail premium.
- Cheap, much cheaper than buying / running my own server and purchasing Exchange, even open source equivalents cost for the kind of services Google are offering for $50 a year (£30).
- Works with Outlook
- Works with Mozilla Thunderbird & Mozilla Calendar
- Works with iCal
- Works on iPhone (Both mail & calendar)
- Supports Push mail for the iPhone
- SLA 9.99%
- Spam filtering (Awesome Spam filtering)
- Backup – Google backup my mail
- No maintenance, I don’t have to assign my time to maintaining our mail server, applying updates and fixes.
- No worrying about our server getting black listed.
- Web mail, Googles webmail interface is nice and easy to use, plus the search is awesome (as you would expect).
- Calendar sharing, works great
- Contact sharing works with with http://www.google.com/enterprise/marketplace/viewListing?productListingId=142+17560572133792753109
- Gtalk / Video & Audio chat
There are not many con’s but they carry more weight
- Trust, trusting Google with my company email
- Control, losing control of features
- Downtime, IF Gmail goes down, my hands will be tied, as a network / linux admin I will find this frustrating.
- Backup, I will still need to backup my company mail offsite from google, it looks like there is an app for this so it’s no biggie.
I will move my mail account over to Google Mail, but leave my MX records pointing to our Postfix server and have postfix redirect mail over to Gmail for just my account. That way I can test the service out and if any problems occur I can revert back to our existing setup in a matter of minutes. Setting up iCal to use Google Calendar was easy on the iPhone as was configuring Push mail.
I will be looking forward to having everything synced up, iPhone, MacBook and my W7 desktop at the office. Plus knowing I can login into my work email from any where with a browser and internet access and be able to use my company mail in Google Mail.
I will put posts up on how to do the various work arounds and any limitations that I find on this blog as and when I come across them.