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Exploring Cloud Storage – Part 3 – Google Drive and iCloud

 

In the third and final instalment of our blog posts exploring Cloud Storage, we’ll introduce two more providers and their offerings, Google Drive and Apple iCloud, discuss their features, and what they could do for your business.

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Google Drive

Cost:

£3.30 Per user / month or £33 Per user / year.

Storage Space:

20GB Base / user, Upgradable.

Platforms:

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android.

Features:

Access to Google Apps (Web-based productivity suite).
Access from anywhere on virtually any device.
Work simultaneously with other users on one document.

 

Google Drive (and Google Apps, the suite it belongs to,) is Google’s offering for cloud storage and computing. It has the standard security features, folder sharing options, and syncs files between as many devices as necessary. It goes a step further than Office 365 and provides actual online apps that can be used to create, edit and save files as you would in Office. The good thing about this is that the processing is done remotely, on Google’s servers, and therefore can be used from pretty much any device with an internet connection and a browser. Nevertheless, Google have made Drive as a separate app for all of the most common operating systems, so that you can keep your files in sync across all of your devices, meaning you never have to be far from your important documents. You can even edit them online if you need to without installing any software. When a document is stored on Google Drive, you can also collaborate with others simultaneously on that document, online, in real time. It’s also quite flexible with the amount of data you can upgrade to, so if you are a business with ever growing data needs, or one who regularly has employees working from different locations or devices, you may find this a valuable, extremely flexible solution.

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Apple iCloud

Cost:

Free, requires purchase of Apple device to activate.

Storage Space:

5GB Per user free, upgradable to max 55GB Per user for £70/Year

Platforms:

iOS, Mac. Windows client available but limited.

Features:

Free for light users.
Deep integration with iOS.
Easy to use.

 

Apple’s iCloud may not be the choice of most businesses for their cloud storage needs, but it still serves to fill a niche in the market, especially for those with iOS devices and a small number of employees. If your business runs mostly on iPads and iPhones, or on Macs, and only has a small amount of data that needs to be stored online, you may find iCloud suitable. Its user friendliness is down to the ease-of-use of most Apple devices, and how integrated the iCloud software is into iOS. Some of this deep integration and functionality is, however, missing from the Mac client, but it is still possible to sync and store files from a Mac desktop or MacBook. It will automatically sync files between iOS devices after a simple setup procedure, with no fuss, and for those who are a little bit less tech-savvy this can sometimes be a welcome change!

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After some tips on which one of these options will suit your business best? Made your choice but not sure how to implement it?

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