28 February 2011
NextMail: Backup for your Google Apps Documents
We've been busy over the 2010 Christmas period (Remember
the break? Sure goes fast!) working on new functionality for our
As you all know, Google Apps is a popular way for staff,
administrators and teachers to create, share and collaboratively
work on new and existing documents whether they be word
processing, spreadsheets or presentations. Of course the school
has a great deal of interest in preserving the intellectual
property asset represented by this work. So IT administrators have
been left with the task of ensuring that adequate off-site backups
are available for these documents.
In addition, staff that are creating these assets may wish to
retrieve material from a version of their work that existed 2
weeks ago but that is not included in the latest document
Given the above requirements we have been working on a backup
facility for Google Apps that makes life easier for the IT
administrators. Its features include:
Our NextMail backup facility is now installed in production
and ready for you to use.
- Set and forget backup activation for individual
- Automatic nightly backup of all Google Apps documents
for all activated accounts
- Access by the IT administrator to all backed up
documents via a web interface integrated into the NextMail
administration pages (look for the backup tab)
- Backups are retained nightly for the past 31 days,
weekly for the prior 31 days, and monthly for the prior 4
- Full retrieval capabilities for deleted documents
within the retained period
- Only changed or newly created documents are transmitted
in the nightly backup transfer
- For the moment accounts are activated by sending an
email to email@example.com
The facility will eventually be chargeable on the basis of the
amount of data retained in the backup store and the amount of data
transferred to the backup store each night. There will be no
charge for the amount retrieved out of the backup store.
As an introductory offer there will be no charge for using the
backup facility until the end of March 2011. This gives you a
chance to evaluate the full features of the facility and no cost.
Stand Up and Be Noticed: Participate in World IPv6 Day!
Well the historic day has been and gone... on February 3,
2011 the world ran out of IPv4 addresses. On that day the last
available IPv4 addresses were handed out by ICANN to the world's 5
The next milestone will be when the first of the RIRs runs out of
freely allocatable addresses from their store. The first RIR is
expected to be our one(APNIC) and it is predicted to occur around
August of 2011! At that point Australian ISPs will not be able to
request any further IPv4 addresses from APNIC. This means ISPs
will only be able to hand out IPv4 addresses from whatever stock
they have already.
In the meantime, the largest (and smallest) users of the Internet
are preparing for a test of the replacement Internet
protocol(IPv6). This test is to occur on World IPv6 Day (June 8,
2011). It is being organised by the Internet Society(ISOC).
Already participating are Google, Yahoo! and Facebook.
Studentnet has proposed to ISOC-AU, the Australian chapter
of ISOC, that there be a specific education component to our local
World IPv6 Day activities.
We are expecting involvement from politicians,
education administrators and IT industry partners at all levels.
We're asking for schools to volunteer to be a part of history.
Studentnet will be providing all of the technical tools involved.
We will only require a little of your time for you to participate.
This is a great chance to get some exposure for
your school both locally and internationally.
Come and help us be a part of history!
The Studentnet Team
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