Search engine giant Google has secured its largest customer to date for its cloud computing service after signing an agreement with Rentokil.

Google Apps Premier Edition will be deployed across the business services group’s global network, which covers more than 50 countries.

At the end of next year, 35,000 Rentokil employees will be using the solution in what it has dubbed a "landmark deal".

"By deploying Google Apps, we can overcome a wide range of technical and communication issues and enhance our ability to deliver operational excellence throughout the organisation," said Renotkil Initial’s chief information officer, Bryan Kinsella.

Possibly informed by online marketing services, Google took the step earlier this year to remove a number of its applications, including Gmail, Calendar, Docs and Talk, out of the beta development stage.

Miguel Helft wrote in a blog for the New York Times that while the company did not fully clarify why it had not made this move sooner, it could help it to secure corporate clients which generally shy away from beta products.

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