How much Postini really costs (& features) if you have Google Domain Apps Premier Edition

Google has a HORRIBLE inconsistency with their documentation about whether their Domain Apps include Postini services or not. I had to email Google Support to find out any straight answer on the topic, and wanted to share the results for any Google searchers that might find this post.

How much Postini Costs for Premier Google Apps Domains: Free for Message Security, Paid for Message Discovery.

Message Security for Google Apps Premier Edition, powered by Postini, provides additional security features and controls for Google Apps Mail:

– Email content policies for sensitive or confidential information
– Email attachment policies to quarantine or block specific file types
– Email footers for all outbound messages
– Encryption using standard TLS protocols
– Additional layer of spam and virus protection
– User account synchronization with Google Apps Premier Edition

For an additional cost, you can upgrade your service to Message Discovery, which provides an archive of all messages for your domain.

We offer a discounted rate for the Google Message Discovery and Extended Retention solutions only in the Google Apps Premier Edition (for a comparison chart, see You can add this archiving service to your Google Apps Premier Edition account after signing up for yourGoogle Apps account:

For $13 per user account per year, add 1 year of archiving (Message Discovery)
For $33 per user account per year, add up to 10 years of archiving (Message Discovery Extended Retention)


1) To purchase the add-on archiving to the Premier Edition through Google, we require a minimum purchase of $1,500 for the archiving.
Example: 50 accounts x $33 Google Message Discovery = $1,650 [Since the add-on Google Message Discovery total meets the $1,500 minimum requirement, you are able to add Google Message Discovery to Google Apps Premier Edition]

2) If you’re unable to meet the minimum requirement of $1,500 through Google, then you’re free to add archiving with no minimum purchase requirement through one of our trusted resellers.

Hopefully this post will help you determine whether Postini is cost effective and affordable for your organization or business.

I claim no responsibility if Google changes these prices and this post becomes inaccurate. This is Google’s response as of August 16th, 2010. Use this information at your own risk/discretion and contact Google yourself to see if prices or services offered have changed.

A Fix for Google’s GMail HTML Signatures Not Showing up in your Settings

So Google hasn’t ironed all the kinks out yet for their help and support regarding the newly rolled out HTML Signatures, as this simple fix alluded the Google Support team for a week.

If you’re having trouble finding out why your GMail won’t show an HTML signature, try this:

Switch the Email Composer to Rich Formatting, instead of Plain Text.
1. Click compose mail
2. Click on “Rich formatting” (under Subject and just over the message textbox)
3. Go back to settings (no actual message has to be created, this is just to change that setting).

Why this isn’t simpler in the settings, I don’t know.

Review of the 2010 Seattle CityChase event: As organized as a headless fish trying to fly.

Today a friend and I participated in the 2010 Seattle CityChase event. The event is a scavenger-hunt style Amazing Race event.

I’m a huge fan of the TV show Amazing Race, having watched every episode of every season, excluding the horrible season 8 (the atrocious family edition). I’ve also seen every episode of Survivor except for the first 4, as well as every episode of The Apprentice. Needless to say, I have a very good knowledge of how well-ran events like this take place.

I started out with high hopes of having a great time, but thanks to a few bad factors, I ended up displeased with the race itself. Through a poor lack of event organization, several health concerns, and overall “meh-ness”, I started the day in excitement but left with a bad taste in my mouth from the event.

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