Google Will Triumph In The Free Market

As we like to predict things and envy to become a visionary, TheStar online today published that Open University Malaysia has migrated to using Google's mail as the main email address for everybody.

Previously we have tried to think about what are the possibilities out of Google Apps ?

Google Apps Education Edition offers free-for-all usage to education institutions, NGOs and Non-profit organizations.

The question is about "remote-hosted" and "self-managed" information. Period.

Both provides security, just a matter of where and how effective ?

While "self-managed" model seems to offer built-in information security because we can presumably sure that accesses from public will be minimal. However, the question remains to answer is that what about internal security breach ?

Thus, security is not just for external, it has to be all-rounded.

"Remote-hosted" model may seem risky ... but I have to assure you that it is being handled by the expects; Google. With this fact, we take out the big part of business continuity issue (data backup, external security breach, contingency plan and etc). The only question remain is that "how well you can entrust Google with the confidentiality of the information" ? If you don't have that problem, then basically using Google Apps will be a win-win-win.

By all means, if the CEO of the organization sends out emails to someone, the content of the emails should be protected and encrypted. But due to the reason that it is remotely hosted, thus it is arguably possible that information may be stolen while passing through the public infrastructures being shared amongst Google's customers.

This makes up the business case for companies providing enterprise technology for business continuity, security and optimizations.

Even though it is costly to setup proprietary stuffs, however analysts think that Google Apps will not make it to the enterprise market. Big enterprise would still go for expensive proprietary solutions and infrastructures because of one simple reason; protecting the business is more important than anything else.

However, it is just psychology ? What about personal email ? Don't we send personal emails through GMail, Yahoo mail and hotmail ? Are are not aware that whatever dirty secrets that we typed are capable of being exposed ? But this has never happened for the past 10 years (when Internet became popular).

But I still think that Google will triumph over the free market and even the SMI/SME market in Malaysia.


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