Postini to expand from Gmail to Google Docs.
A senior Google executive has revealed that Google is working on document archiving for Google Apps which would be released “in the near future”.
“Something we’re looking at in the near future is extending archiving to documents as well,” Stuart McLean, managing director of Google Australia, told BoxFreeIT.
Google already uses email archiving and security under the Postini brand for Gmail, which is priced as an additional feature to Google Apps. McLean said a document archiving system could be based on similar technology.
“Think of what Postini is doing for email with 10 year archiving. Think about that for (Google) Docs. It makes logical sense that that’s the next step,” McLean said.
McLean could not give a firm date for the arrival of document archiving. Even though Google Apps stores copies and backups of all documents under a domain linked to the Google Apps account, adding a framework for document archiving was not so simple, he said.
“You have to put the admin tools around it, so it’s not as simple as ‘We’ve got it, let’s just do it’. There’s the management around who do you allow to access it, all that stuff,” McLean said.