Tuesday, February 22, 2011
E-mail Change on the Horizon
What can @mail users expect when Gmail is implemented?
It’s a merge months in the making, but it’s expected to save the university thousands of dollars in the long run.
In April, SDSU e-mail using the “@mail” domain will move to Google. Other e-mail domains, including @sciences, @projects, etc., will not be affected.
While the change has taken months of preparation and testing, users will notice little difference in their e-mail experience, according to Chief Information Officer Rich Pickett.
“Our staff has done extensive testing over the past year and we have had excellent success with this evaluation,” Pickett said. “Your e-mail stored on our servers will be migrated automatically to the new Google storage location. Any e-mail you have downloaded to your computer will not be affected.”
Advantages to switching
There are many other advantages to switching e-mail to Google, including:
- Significant increase in e-mail storage
- Improved spam and phishing filtering
- Improved webmail interface
In contrast to Google’s public email offering, SDSU e-mail users will not be subjected to advertising. SDSU retains ownership of the data and is subject to appropriate campus, CSU and State of California policies and procedures.
The e-mail switch is a precursor to other Google programs that will be implemented, including calendars and collaborative tools, like Google Docs. The migration from Meeting Maker calendar to Google is anticipated to occur in late spring, or early summer.
Additionally, it will also provide improved integration with an upcoming identity management system, dubbed AztecLink, Pickett said. It will offer users self-service capability for password selection and resets.
For more information on the upcoming e-mail implementation, visit the Enterprise Technology Services website or the FAQ page.