Google Drive for Work, a premium service which gives users unlimited file storage for US$10 per month, is signing 1,800 businesses a week just two months after launch, said Google.
IT administrators were the most likely instigators for the change as the premium version of Google Drive carried several advantages over the standard version. Google Drive for Work’s unlimited storage meant an IT manager never had to worry about storage quotas again, and the premium service could track sharing across users and files within Google Apps.
An audit view in Google Drive for Work built into the admin console could connect to other cloud software programs and support services such as data loss prevention (DLP).
Other partners have built tools to help move business content into Drive from old file servers, local hard drives or other cloud storage products.
All files uploaded to Google Drive (either version) are encrypted from the user’s device to Google and in transit between Google data centres, and while at rest on Google servers.
Reliability for Drive in 2013 was 99.985 percent or less than 90 minutes of disruption per year.