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Google Drive for Work rivals Microsoft Onedrive with unlimited cloud storage

Firm bets big on enterprise at Google I/O
Wed Jun 25 2014, 19:30

Google Drive for Android is a cloud-based document and file storage serviceGOOGLE HAS ANNOUNCED Drive for Work, an enterprise cloud service that trumps Microsoft's Onedrive with the offer of unlimited storage.

Unveiled at Google I/O on Wednesday, Google Drive for Work is a business focused version of the firm's consumer Drive service, boasting added administration controls, advanced file audit reporting and eDiscovery services so organisations can monitor the communications between staff and information shared in documents.

There's also 24x7 phone support, along with enterprise grade security and compliance, including SSAE 16 / ISAE 3402 Type II SOC 2-audit, ISO 27001 certification, adherence to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles, and support for industry-specific requirements like HIPAA.

Google is clearly looking to compete against Microsoft's Onedrive service, which this week saw its limits increased and its pricing dropped. It seems that Google is the winner however, as it is offering unlimited storage for all top rate customers, and has increase the maximum file size that can be uploaded to 5TB.

Thomas Davies, head of Google enterprise for Europe, told The INQUIRER, "We're really excited to be announcing this. We've seen the macro-economic cost of storage and compute come down but the industry as a whole has not really passed those benefit down to end users.

"Coupled with [that] is that people have told us they're uploading ever-larger files, especially in media, publishing, so [we're] increasing the maximum file size to 5TB to meet this need."

Drive for Work is priced at £6.60 per user per month. Those already using Google Drive for Business, which costs £3.30 per month, can move to Drive for Work for an additional £3.30 per user per month. Earlier this year, Google slashed the pricing for its Drive storage offering.

In addition to Google Drive for Work, the firm added a handful of tweaks to its consumer Drive and Docs offerings. The firm claimed that starting today, Drive will boast a cleaner, speedier design on the web, iOS and Android, while it has integrated Quickoffice support into Docs, Sheets and Slides for better compatibility with more file types.

Google has improved Drive's security too, as Google announced that as of today all files uploaded to Google Drive will be encrypted, both in transit and on Google's servers. µ


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