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It was announced today that Google Apps will soon be available for enterprise use through Capgemini, a consulting and outsourcing service, in a non-exclusive deal. For about $50 per user per year, companies will be able to use the Google Apps Premier Edition, which includes Google DocsGoogle Docs,Spreadsheets, GmailGmaiCalendar, Google Talk, Page Creator, Start Page, the necessary administrative tools, APIs, 24/7 tech support and 99.9% uptime guaranteed for Gmail.

But we also know the limitations of GoogleGoogle in terms of options for offline capabilities with this current offering. ZimbraZimbra the web-based email option and a rival to Google Apps, is pointing out Google’s shortcomings, and proposes itself as an option that can be hosted, or deployed on your site. This grants the offline access that Google Apps Enterprise doesn’t yet have, as well as more flexibility for employees, with access across platforms. Zimbra had this to say in an email sent to Mashable

“Google’s deal with Cap Gemini today definitely raises visibility for the SaaS market. However, the pair face a challenge: since all Google Docs are stored on Google’s servers, public companies would face big Sarbanes-Oxley compliance issues if they deployed Google Apps. Zimbra’s Web 2.0 messaging and collaboration platform provides enterprise customers with freedoms that Google Apps just can’t provide, including the ability to archive for compliance purposes. They can use Zimbra as a hosted service or deploy it on-site. They can use it online or offline while retaining killer AJAX functionality. They can offer their employees access from any desktop, Web, or mobile client.”

Zimbra is trying to grab a slice of that Google hype for itself, and it’s not the only company to do so: Microsoft is also taking shots at Google Apps today.




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