Google is to pay $625 million dollars for Postini in its latest acquisition according to one business website.

According to Computer Business Review Online (CBRO), Google is looking to buy the messaging security service provider which is currently being purchased by an estimated 1,000 small and medium businesses per day.

CBRO points out that where Google may already have a foot in the market with it’s own spam and malware filtering service on Gmail, Postini offers higher-end functions such as archiving and outbound filtering.

David Girouard vice president and manager of Google’s enterprise business said during a conference call with analysts that the business of security and compliance was an area Google was very much interested in.

"Our stated public intent is to offer the Postini pieces a la carte," he said, adding that existing Postini customers will continue to be supported.

"We’re going to make it as easy as possible and as tempting as possible for Postini’s users to try Google Apps," he added.

Google recently came under fire over its takeover bid for Doubleclick, an online advertising and click marketing provider, as some critics say could monopolise the market and limit customer choice.

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