Ok so the battle has been building up and…. there are many options a business can take when looking to deploy Core technology, especially starting from scratch. The main concern in this discussion is the hosted options. This means there is no need for on premise servers, and therefore the cost that goes for managing them. For now anyway I will assume I have a 8 seater start-up company that has no money for hardware, and a hosted solution fits perfectly as we all have our own laptops.
Firstly – The disclaimer : In the days of everyone suing everyone else I thought it would be prudent to state that this blog post is in no way a representation of any company I work for, or designed to fault any other product, it is merely an indication as to what steps I have encountered during my own personal set up of these services and may not represent the experience of others.
Now that’s out the way lets have a look at the options:
This is a blind person;s comparison of both services.
1. There is no way Gmail can match Exchange in enterprise features
2. Calendaring in Exchange also cannot be compared to that on GMail
3. Neither can SharePoint be compared to Google Sites
4. Really! Microsoft Office compared to Google Docs? How about Office Web Apps vs Google Docs? You must be insane to compare these.
5. Office Communicator Online is certainly more feature-rich than mere video chat on Gmail.
6. LiveMeeting is a complete audio/video web conferencing solution with document/handout sharing, etc. What is Google Video? You must be insane to compare these.
7. Default mailbox sizes really is not a point to mention because it is always best practice to start the user off with a fraction of the total possible size so the admin can increase it as necessary. In any case, both services have the same maximum mailbox size.
8. Annual cost is plain wrong because Microsoft Online Services - BPOS comes with Forefront Anti-Spam and Forefront Anti-Virus for all data and messaging but you have to pay extra for this on Google Apps. You also have to pay for single-sign on with Google Apps, something that comes free with MS Online Services.
9. Google has a lot of third-party requirements because they simply do not have it all under their roof. Some of which you have to pay for in oder to match Microsoft Online Services-BPOS are listed below:
GAPE - $50/user/yr
Postini Message Discovery - $25/user/yr (Microsoft - Free)
Archiving/Compliance - $45/user/yr (Microsoft - $37.68/user/yr)
Identity Management - $5/user/yr (Microsoft - Free)
Single Sign On - $36/user/yr (Microsoft - Free)
Calendar Sync with PDA/Outlook - $30/user/yr (Microsoft - Free)
Calendar Sync with iCal - $25/user/yr (Microsoft - Free)
Smart Card Authentication - $5/user/yr (Microsoft - Free)
Google Apps is consumer class and more like $191/user/yr to even come close to matching Microsoft's Online Services. Get your information right and stop deceiving/confusing the public.
...so much of that is wrong/inaccurate I don't even know where to start.
Where can I find information/evidence of this? As far as MS pricing is concerned this is out in public site. The same is true for google?
I agree with Jim,
these figures are inaccurate, desperately listed, deceitful, another scare tactics from microsoft, always discrediting the competitors.
i tried a few and G Apps does not charge..BUT third party does... so yeah especially the calendar share and groups part.. that comes up pretty fast