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Google to close Message Continuity service

In a recent announcement ‘Renewing old resolutions for the new year’ Google gave a list of current products and services which it will be closing down. Amongst these is its Message Continuity service which was launched in December 2010 to provide business continuity services for Microsoft Exchange users.

Existing customers will be able to continue to use the Message Continuity until their contract ends but Google will not be accepting contract renewals.

Google’s statement about Message Continuity reads as follows:

“In December 2010 we launched an email disaster recovery product for enterprise customers that use Google's cloud to back up emails originally sent or received in an on-premise, Microsoft Exchange system. In the time since we launched, we've seen hundreds of businesses sign up for it. By comparison, in that same time, we've seen millions of businesses move entirely to the cloud with Google Apps, benefitting from disaster recovery capabilities built directly into Apps. Going forward we've decided to focus our efforts on Google Apps and end support for GMC. Current GMC customers will be able to use GMC for the duration of their contract and are encouraged to consider using Google Apps as their primary messaging and collaboration platform.”

•Date: 24th January 2012 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

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