Scheduled Release Tracks Make Google Apps Management Easier

By Channel Insider Staff

Google March 15 moved to improve its Google Apps upgrade deliveries, adding a rapid release and scheduled release tracks to help IT administrators prepare for application upgrades.

Google hosts Google Apps, including Google Docs, Gmail and other collaboration applications on its cloud computing infrastructure. Google's practice has been to automatically provision upgrades for those apps to customers.

While this approach saves IT managers the time and costs of performing software upgrades and managing installers, some companies want to better plan for new features.

"We're always excited to bring you the newest features as soon as they're ready, but we've heard from some customers with complex IT environments that they'd like more notice before new features are deployed to their users," said Anna Mongayt, from Google's Enterprise Operations.

Google's new feature release process lets Google Apps admins have more control over when new features are provisioned to their companies' Google Apps installations.

For more, read the eWEEK article: Google Apps Admins Get Rapid, Scheduled Release Tracks.

This article was originally published on 2011-03-16