Re: [Evolution] Migrating from Thunderbird via import without duplicates

Obviously it's not theoretically impossible for Google to suddenly lose
all of its data centres, but I don't consider that to be something I
need to spend my time thinking about. Over ten years ago I persuaded my
university to switch to Google for handling mail, because the cost and
effort of doing it ourselves was rapidly overwhelming our meagre
resources and we simply couldn't keep up with the community's demands,
and of course for an educational institution G Suite (now Google
Workplace) was free.

There may be extra-technological reasons for not doing that, such as
regulatory requirements, suspicion of the provider etc., and of course
Google is not the only option, but in our circumstances I consider that
to have been an unqualified success.

Yes, I think what I was trying to get across was risk management and
risk perception.  One can think of lots of scenarios where things can
go wrong, but it's weighing up the risk: i.e. likelihood and
consequences - I suspect the consequences of Google loosing all its
datacenters would be far more problematic than not having a copy of
your mail.

BTW, we too went through the process of outsourcing email, but Google
couldn't/wouldn't commit to housing the data in a certain jurisdiction
so our legal team said no.  If you ever want to meet risk adverse
people, just talk to the legal department of a UK university.


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