In late 2008 Google
posted the results
of a comprehensive study by the Radicati Group regarding the reliability of Exchange, Lotus Notes, GroupWise and Gmail. They found that while Gmail averaged less than 15 minutes of downtime per month (almost all of which came from one outage in August of 2008), companies using on-premise email solutions such as Exchange "...averaged from 30 to 60 minutes of unscheduled downtime and an additional 36 to 90 minutes of planned downtime per month." Exchange was the worst offender of the lot:
Some local businesses and schools have already made the transition. We had a great panel discussion today with Punahou CTO
, who lead their migration from a legacy system to Google Apps. She had nothing but good things to say about the move. Governments in other parts of the country are also making the jump. Los Angeles was the most recent large city to move to Google. LA's CIO Randi Levin put it simply, "Their security is better than ours...cloud computing is safe." The cities short term savings is predicted to be $13.8M. Think what we could save. Maybe we could even get our children back in school on Fridays...
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