Google has provided business customers with a new records management and e-discovery service that acts as a single archive for data associated with its Apps portfolio.
Called Google Apps Vault, the new e-discovery system is priced at $5 (£3.14) per user per month and will target businesses that need to adhere to strict compliance policies or those facing litigation, because all emails, documents and chat messages will be stored in a single place.
"Vault helps protect your business with easy-to-use search so you can quickly find and preserve data to respond to unexpected customer claims, lawsuits or investigations," said Google head of e-discovery, Jack Halprin, an a company blog.
"With an instant-on functionality and availability of your data a few clicks away, Vault provides access to all of your Gmail and on-the-record chats and can provide significant savings to your business over the traditional costs of litigation and eDiscovery."
Business users can search and manage data in Vault by terms, dates, senders, recipients and labels.
Vault is the first update Google has made to its Apps portfolio of services for some time.
This portfolio contains a number of core offerings such as Gmail, Google Groups, Google Calendar, Talk, Docs and Sites. The firm's social software, Google+ can be added as an additional service.
Google's addition of Vault to the Apps portfolio is timely, as the web giant is currently embroiled in a number of lawsuits of its own.
This week Google offered to pay Oracle $3m plus a portion of its Android platform revenue in order to settle a long running dispute regarding Java patents.
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