$625 million. The acquisition is aimed at bolstering enterprise
security and management confidence in the Google Apps online suite, and
seems to be a direct mirror of Microsoft’s Exchange Hosted Services strategy which was born from their own 2005 acquisition of Frontbridge Technologies.
With advanced security, archiving, and message filtering in place,
Google’s hopes are that this move will shine a new light on the Google
Apps suite as a viable hosted business suite to enterprise users who
often must conform to compliancy requirements in security and data
archiving. It’s a good move, and one that Google pretty much had to
make in some form or another. They’ve established over 100,000 Google
Apps users who will speak for the suite’s usability and aid in
productivity. Now they’ve set their sights on converting the hordes of
users who haven’t been convinced that usability benefits and frills
outweigh security and compliancy concerns.
As always, Phil has an interesting piece that takes the news and goes another step… “What next for MessageLabs?”