Google Apps hits 3 Million Businesses: Still Less Than 3% of Google's Revenue
It is clear to me that Google will continue to grow in the cloud computing market. Google now offers messaging services to more than 30 million people worldwide. Since this is only 3% of their revenue I believe they want to be more aggressive in the corporate market.
I use Google Apps for my email and website and, using different devices, I can read my email, see my calendar, share documents, etc. All free! The main difference between Google Apps Editions is the limit of email storage: Standard (free) is limited to 7GB, the Premium Edition offers 25 GB for $50 per year. Also there is a 25 user limit on the Standard Edition accounts. The Google Apps for Schools has no user limit. It's free but with 7GB storage per account.
Google is convincing major educational institutions, such as Arizona State University, to move their email infrastructure to Gmail. Microsoft is trying to catch up with some big cloud computing deals, but they are not used to “give away” computing power and free applications and that can cause serious trouble in their business model.
Since email and documents is the main load on the business servers, many corporations will benefit immediately by downsizing the IT infrastructure, outsourcing service and security, and letting Google with their universal support of Operating Systems and devices, manage all communications.
Sounds good but most corporations today are not happy letting all their internal communications on outside servers, privacy and security are paramount. Google has been trying to lower those concerns inviting CIOs from the biggest firms to their Atmosphere events, the last going on in Paris this week. Also this is one of the main reasons for Google to pull out of China, since they do not want to handle information to any government without court orders. Google also releases periodically statistics of government requests of user data from around the world, in an effort to demonstrate to potential users their commitment to privacy and security of their data.