Universities Look to Google and Appirio for Cloud-based Messaging and Collaboration Capabilities
San Mateo, Calif. – June 27, 2011 – Appirio, a cloud solution provider, today announced it is working with several universities to bring Google Apps to students, faculty and alumni for better messaging and collaboration. Some of the latest universities to deploy Google solutions with Appirio’s guidance include Brown University, New York University and Tyler Junior College.
Many of these organizations moved to Google Apps because of the significant cost savings that Google Apps could provide compared to in-house or on-premise systems from Microsoft, Novell and Sun/Oracle. Moreover, these universities are now moving beyond cost savings and enjoying the other benefits of Google’s cloud-based service, including:
- Better access and usability on mobile devices
- 99.9 percent uptime with no planned downtime for maintenance or service windows
- Quicker servicing and provisioning of accounts to increase service levels
- Google Docs and Sites for student/faculty collaboration
As a Google partner and reseller of Google Apps, Appirio is on its way to moving more than a million students, alumni and staff to the cloud at educational institutions in the U.S. and Europe. Through these experiences, Appirio has created dozens of technical assets, templates and unique intellectual property that help organizations achieve top performance with their Google Apps implementations at a lower cost with better user adoption.
“With 145,000 active email accounts, our previous on-premise solution was allowing only 100MB of storage per student mailbox. With the exorbitant cost of additional storage, we jumped at the opportunity to move to a lower-cost option. Appirio helped us roll out Google Apps to our entire student community in just a few weeks. Since then, students continue to discover the full potential that Google Apps provide for sharing and collaborating, and we’ve estimated that our hard cost savings with Google Apps will be more than $30,000 per year.” – Larry Mendez, CIO, Tyler Junior College
“Working with undergraduate research assistants and international faculty collaborators, I used Google Sites to organize a research project. All of us could see the materials that the student researchers collected about two plays that traveled the world. Research materials included reviews, YouTube interviews with producers and actors, and fan websites.” – Susan Smulyan, professor, Department of American Studies, Brown University
“Appirio continues to solidify its position as a top vendor for universities migrating to Google Apps. Just like our enterprise customers, the universities we work with demand optimal uptime, premium security, a wide range of collaboration capabilities and easy mobile access for users. Google Apps provide a platform to meet all of these needs at a lower cost and with less time required for IT management than other solutions. Students are also happy because it’s something they’re already well accustomed to using outside of school.” – Brad Stark, head of the Google Center of Excellence at Appirio
About Google Apps for Education
Google Apps for Education is a communication and productivity suite that includes Gmail, Google Calendar (shared calendaring), Google Docs and Spreadsheets (online document hosting and collaboration), Google Sites (team site creation and publishing), and more. For more information, visit: www.google.com/apps/edu
Appirio is a cloud solution provider that offers technology-enabled professional services supported by a team of 300+ cloud experts and CloudSpokes, a 10,000 person-strong global (cloud developer community). Appirio’s expertise and innovative brokerage technology have been recognized by organizations such as AlwaysOn, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, InformationWeek, Gartner and IDC. Since the company was founded in 2006, Appirio has helped more than 200 leading enterprises implement, build and manage mission critical cloud solutions using salesforce.com, Google, Workday and Amazon, including companies like Avago, the City of Los Angeles, Diversey, Dunkin Brands, Flextronics, Japan Post Network, Ltd., IMS Health, Motorola, Qualcomm, RehabCare, Safety Kleen, Starbucks and VMware. Appirio has offices in the U.S. and Japan, and is backed by Sequoia Capital and GGV Capital.