Google Apps takes your office to the Internet

* But the enterprise admin measures you’re used to are missing

Google Apps takes your office to the Internet

By Travis J. Berkley

We tested the Premier edition of Google Apps, an upgrade from the standard edition that is free until the end of the month, and found it adequately provides a place where users can manage their own schedules, store and share data, and collaborate with co-workers.

But the lack of administrative control and security measures that IT execs are accustomed to make Google’s hosted suite of applications unsuited for deployment beyond specialized or distributed workgroups.

To get started, organizations need to provide Google with an Internet domain name – either an existing one or a new, dedicated one. IT would maintain control over the domain name and the DNS records. Web-based administration of Google Apps can be conducted using either Firefox or Internet Explorer.

The domain is the container for all user accounts. There is no technical limitation on the number of users you can have in a domain.

There are no other groupings of users from an administrative standpoint, nor is there any privilege hierarchy. You can create additional domain aliases (such as company.com, company.net and company.org) and link them, so they function as one domain inside of Google Apps.

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Also, check out the Collaboration Tools and services Buyer's Guide.

Berkley is the Associate Director for Networking and Telecommunications Services at the University of Kansas. He can be reached at berkley@ku.edu.
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