Dual Delivery, an enterprise IT administration feature for Google Message Security, supports migration to a new e-mail service and backs up each message in the process on two different mail hosts. The idea is that users can get used to a new e-mail platform, preferably Gmail, without seeing any disruption in their message service.
Google's Postini e-mail security team March 31 unveiled Dual Delivery,
an IT administration feature for Google
Message Security that supports migration to a new e-mail service and backs up
each message in the process.
Google Message Security, which helps prevent spam and viruses before they
hit servers, is available at no extra charge in Google Apps Premier Edition for
businesses for $50 per user, per year.
Dual Delivery provides migration to a new e-mail service without
interruption by letting users send copies of their e-mail to two different mail
hosts. The idea is that users can get used to a new e-mail platform-Google
hopes it will be Gmail-without seeing any disruption in their message service.
To make it easier for users to migrate to Google Apps, the Postini team has
included in Dual Delivery a "Send a copy to Google Apps Gmail" feature
that lets users test Gmail without interrupting current practice.
Those who do choose to move to Google Apps can enable the "Use Google
Apps Gmail" feature in the Postini administration console to route all
mail to Gmail without manually rerouting their content records.
Dual Delivery can be used as a secondary e-mail access point. IT
administrators who want to give users Web-based remote or mobile e-mail access
can let their employees read and write e-mail through a secondary inbox.
Google Postini team member Gopal Shah said Dual Delivery is now available to
through the Delivery Manager settings in the Postini administration console.
The migration and backup tool comes two weeks after Google launched a migration tool
to make it easy for administrators
to switch corporate e-mail systems from Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps.
These efforts show how serious Google is about increasing its messaging and
collaboration market share versus Microsoft, IBM
The Postini team also added a Google Message Security
reporting feature called
Health Check, which it bills as a self-service tune-up for companies' Postini
filters. Health Check is another reporting feature that lets administrators see
how current configurations affect the effectiveness of antispam and antivirus
Google acquired Postini
as a way to provide Web-based messaging security,
management and message archiving tools for Google Apps, the company's
collaboration suite hosted on Google's servers and served to users through the
The new Postini tools come two weeks after Google added an alert system to warn Gmail users
if their accounts may have
been compromised. Gmail now flashes a bright red message if an account may have
been accessed from another country.
These tools also show that Google is clearly tightening its messaging
security in the wake of a broad hack attack on its Gmail system,
which led to Google closing its Chinese search engine
and rerouting users to
Google.hk on March 22.