Google introduced a cloud-based email continuity solution called "Google Message Continuity" that helps ensure that you always have access to your email.
"If you run Microsoft Exchange 2003 or 2007, Google Message Continuity can help you ensure that your users never lose access to email during a Exchange outage, whether planned or unplanned. By synchronizing your on-premises accounts with Google's cloud, Message Continuity gives you access to your up-to-date email inboxes (through the Gmail interface) no matter what happens to your on-premises servers. And once your servers come back up after an outage, messages sent and received, plus message state changes (like deletions and folder assignments) that're recorded by GMC during the outage, are then synchronized with your servers, allowing users to seamlessly transition from Exchange to Gmail, then back to Exchange," explains Google.
GMC can also help organizations transition to Google Apps down the road. Since Exchange and Gmail are always in sync with one another, there's no need to migrate email data when eventually deploying Apps. With Gmail, Calendar and Contacts available, users can get familiar with these cloud services without having to abruptly stop using their regular email system.
At $25 per user per year for new customers or an additional $13 per user per year for current Postini customers, GMC advances our commitment to providing rapidly deployed, cost-effective email management solutions for organizations of all sizes.
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