Cloud Computing with Google Apps

In late 2010 Google grouped its applications for cloud computing use.
There are up to 60 applications that can be accessed from any computer in any Internet connected location.
Compute from your work desktop, home desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet with always the latest version documents, current emails etc.
The base entry allows up to 50 people to use Google applications for free.
More advanced user groups pay a $50 US per person per year fee.
Local cost savings can include less desktop software licences, less desktop administration, no need for email server, no need for web server and no need for a file server.
Only a browser is required for most applications on any operating system.
Google Apps allows for company domain name used on emails and websites.
Administrators can control which cloud applications are available for thier organisation's users and departments.

Cloud Applications

Clould Application Short List

ProductDescriptionFree Edition
(up to 50)
Business EditionEducation Edition
GmailEmail account with spam filtersYesYes up to 25 GB each
with mobile sync
Yes
Google CalendarShared calendars with smart phone syncYesYesYoes
Google DocsDocuments, spreadsheets, drawings and presentations.
Import and export most file types.
Can share and edit files simultaneously.
YesYesYes
Google SitesCreate websites and group wikis.YesYesYes
Google ReaderRSS and Blog reading toolYesYesYes
Picasa Web AlbumsView, edit and share photosYesYesYes
AdWordsOnline advertisement on Google and other web sitesYesYesYes
AdsenseEarn income from website advertisementsYesYesYes
AnalyticsWebsite performance tracking in detailYesYesYes
Google TalkInstant messaging, VOIP, voicemailYesYesYes
AlertsCustom email on news with topics you selectYesYesYes
Google GroupsNewsgroups and information sharingNoYesNo
Google VideoCompany shared videos site
private or public access
NoYesNo
PostiniEmail archive to 10 years
Advanced email security policies
NoYesNo
Google WaveDynamic shared live written discussion tool
can add pictures, video, maps. Private or public.
NoYesNo
Advanced EmailWork with Outlook including calendar
Work with Blackberry Server.
NoYesYes

Local business opportunities exist in becoming a Google partner and managing data migration and administration to Google Apps.