Google Apps is growing up. Over the past six months, dozens of developers have built apps to make Google's office wares (Apps, Docs, Gmail, Calendar) more appealing for the enterprise. The following is a selection of these apps. They range from the practical (backups) to the creative (a freebie VPN replacement based on Google Talk). Better still, most of them are free.
myOneLogin by TriCipher represents a growing category of addons for Google Apps, those that give it enterprise class authentication. This particular app provides users with a single sign on, two factor authentication portal that is easy to set up and deploy for both internal and external web and other resources. What that means is the portal not only secures access to Google Apps Premier Edition, but can help users manage their passwords to any website that requires one.
In September, myOneLogin became integrated with VeriSign's Identity Protection Service, which issues one time password credentials. It adds three layers of security to Google Apps, the company says: A user selected security image and message for mutual authentication, a browser-based password, and roaming authentication with one time passwords for users on mobile phones. MyOneLogin integrates with Google Apps Premier Edition via SAML. A freebie version of the service is available, but so is a subscription version, offering more features, for $3 per user per month.
I know you aren't likely to yank out your corporate VPN and replace it with the peer to peer likes of Gbridge, but it is worth checking out all the same. It is a creative extension to Google GTalk that could be a useful tool for remote control access, or a nice low cost VPN for your teleworkers.
Gbridge is a P2P VPN that consists of bridges that connect multiple computers via encrypted links. Gbridge lets you sync folders, share files, chat and VNC. It offers four features. DesktopShare is remote control that can even pass through your Network Address Translation. SecureShare is a file sharing feature. AutoSync transfers large files and syncs folders. It offers upscale features like auto schedule and resume. EasyBackup lets you back up your files from one computer or Google Docs to a computer.
Gbridge supports Windows folder sharing and remote printing, and Windows Remote Desktop through the RDP protocol. Best of all is the price ... free.