General Google

How Secure is Google Apps for Enterprise?

Google Apps is a web-based suite of messaging and collaboration applications. It’s all hosted by Google, and designed with security and reliability in mind, saving your company the frustrations and hassles of managing traditional IT solutions yourself. 

“Well, How Secure is Google Apps??” I reckon, most of us ask this question whenever someone talks about the cost saving features and other capabilities Google Apps provide. Indeed, there is nothing wrong in worrying about the security of ‘your’ Data.  Also, with so many corporates Going Google, this question become a very valid one.

Google has released a white paper to give enterprise customers greater transparency into Google’s security practices, policies, and technology involving Google Apps.

Download the Google Apps security white paper to understand more [pdf format]

Google Team says, “Feeling comfortable storing data in the cloud involves trusting a cloud services provider and the practices and policies they have in place. In today’s ultra-connected, web-capable world, understanding how data will be protected is ultimately more meaningful than knowing it is physically located in one data center or another.”

Also, Google stores customer data in fragments across multiple servers and across multiple data centers to both enhance reliability and provide greater security than can be achieved by storing all data on a single server. When only fragments are kept in any one place, the chance that a possible physical or computer-based compromise could result in the loss of meaningful information is greatly reduced. Read more at the Official Google Enterprise Blog

If you are looking at Implementing Google Apps in your organization / your domain, I recommend you read The Google Apps Deployment Planning Steps and Use-Case Scenarios for more information!

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Best Practices Microsoft Virtualization

Best Practices to run Linux on Hyper-V : White Paper

If your data center uses both Linux and Windows operating systems, you can use Hyper-V to host Linux in virtual machines; this lets you take advantage of the benefits of virtualization, including reducing the number of physical systems and decreasing your management and administration costs. You can also use the tools built into Windows to simplify backups and recovery plans for Linux, or easily monitor uptime and services across your data center.

This white paper from Microsoft discusses the benefits of virtualizing Linux on Hyper-V, and it offers best practices for enhancing the performance of Linux as a guest operating system on a Hyper-V host. The paper also provides links for further information on the topics covered.

Download the Best Practices for Running Linux on Hyper-V Paper here [.docx format]

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General Microsoft

Vision of having a Large Mailbox – Exchange 2010 White Paper

Larger mailboxes are better for users, IT administrators, and organizations. They use today’s storage systems more efficiently. They help users stay productive by giving them better access to the valuable organizational knowledge contained in historical e-mail. Users spend less time managing their e-mail to stay under quota. By keeping as much data as possible inside the Exchange Server 2010 infrastructure, large mailboxes help reduce the proliferation of .PST files and associated backup, compliance, and risk problems. With cost-effective storage options, built-in high availability, an increased number of items possible per folder, built-in e-mail archiving, and online mailbox moves, Exchange Server 2010 enables you to deliver these large mailboxes to your organization whether it is a small business or a global enterprise.

At the same time, you can reduce costs and dramatically improve the availability of your Exchange Server deployment. By integrating everything into one system, you make the most efficient use of today’s much less expensive storage options, eliminate the need to maintain separate systems for hot and cold data, and reduce your reliance on costly traditional backups and time-consuming system restores. The net result is a more efficient and reliable business messaging infrastructure that preserves access to the crucial organizational knowledge contained in e-mail messages.

Exchange Server 2010 balancing disk performance and capacity on a 1TB disk

Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 is specifically designed to overcome these barriers. It enables you to give your users larger mailboxes at lower cost without sacrificing performance or reliability. Built-in high availability and disaster recovery, storage system improvements, and self-healing from disk faults let you use large, inexpensive disks in configurations that maximize data redundancy. And, Exchange Server 2010 lets you keep your users online during mailbox moves. With these changes, the benefits of large mailboxes are now within the grasp of all organizations.

Impact of the Exchange Server 2010 IO changes on smaller disks

Download this Exchange 2010 Large Mailbox Vision Whitepaper here (.docx format)