Information governance encompasses the set of policies, procedures and controls that an enterprise uses to meet regulatory and compliance requirements. It’s an important part of a risk management strategy and something that many organisations (especially large ones) have been practicing for some time. Today we are announcing Google Apps Vault, an archiving, records management and eDiscovery solution for Google Apps that will make enterprise-class information governance available to businesses of all sizes.

Google Apps Vault delivers a next-generation archive, retention, and eDiscovery capabilities for Google Apps built on a modern, 100% web-based architecture. Google Apps Vault reduces risks associated with litigation, investigation, and internal and regulatory compliance, and lowers business and IT costs by enabling companies to more effectively manage the information stored in Google Apps. It provides domain-wide search of Gmail and on-the-record Gmail chat, offers and easier way to create systemised, repeatable, and defensible data management policies, and automates legal hold and eDiscovery capabilities to preserve relevant information. Google Apps Vault requires no additional hardware or infrastructure and saves IT costs and resources.

Starting now, customers who sign up for Google Apps for Business can add Google Apps Vault to their Google Apps purchase for an additional USD 5 dollars per user per month. Google Apps Vault adds advanced data management and information governance capabilities to Google Apps with true manage-in-place functionality. Businesses of all sizes can benefit from reduced costs and risks from a more effective ability to manage the information stored in Google Apps.

“Archiving and eDiscovery capabilities are critical for businesses of all sizes to protect themselves and be prepared in the case of a lawsuit,” says Kent Walker, General Counsel at Google.

Google Apps Vault provides unique capabilities including: instant-on functionality, in-place data management with no duplication required, and the security, ease-of-use, and reliability of Google Apps.

Eric Hunter, Director of Knowledge Strategy for Bradford & Barthel added: “Google Apps Vault adds important archiving and eDiscovery capabilities to Google Apps, is a natural complement to Google Apps and allows a seamless integration path forward within the evolving platform.”

Google Apps Vault is now available to new Google Apps for Business and Education customers. If you are a current Google Apps customer you will be able to add Google Apps Vault later in the year. 

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