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19 December 2006 @ 03:32 pm
Ah, yes geekery!  
So, Google has a Google Apps for Education program. What does this mean? Well, for one, we've been wanting to get our student users off our mail system and not have to deal with that kind of user base to manage--plus we'll only want to have Faculty and Staff using Exchange in the future. Altogether, I believe we're near 3500 users (I shudder to think what the Verisign fees would be for that large a number of users). Granted, that is not a lot when compared to say, a state university, or heck even some larger private universities as well.

In any case, while I do like Windows Live a little bit I don't want to have to use the Live mail client. I'd like to be able to select the one I like, you know? So, Google Apps for Education could be a great way to go. No final decision has been made yet, there's testing, proposals, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera to go through, but it's nice to know that could be a possible solution.

From the presentation I sat in on, migration of 95,000 65,000 users on ASU's system took about two weeks, pretty good. What that means though, and according to the the presenters, a system with 3500 users could be migrated in say days, perhaps even hours. To which I say, nifty! A very hearty nifty, too.

I you Google.
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