Eric E. Schmidt

Google enterprise chief: Data is safer on our cloud than your PC

March 10, 2011: 10:32 AM ET

Google has an enterprise division? Yes, and here's how they're using every asset the company has, from Apps to Android, to beat the big players.

Dave Girouard, GM of Google Enterprise

Dave Girouard of Google. Image by dfarber via Flickr

Dave Girouard first joined Google seven years ago, back when the search company wasn't even on the radar of corporate customers. Girouard now serves as president of Google's (GOOG) enterprise division, a fast-growing (though still tiny) part of the company's business. Over three million corporate customers subscribe to Google Apps, a suite of web services that includes customized email addresses, shared documents and calendars. And Google is determined to make its successful Android mobile operating system a viable competitor to RIM's (RIMM) BlackBerries and Apple's (AAPL) iPhones in the workplace. I recently caught up with Girouard to find out how his division is tackling reliability and security issues (not to mention competition from Microsoft (MSFT), Android's prospects as a business-ready device and what the upcoming management changes at Google could mean for the company's enterprise business.

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