Google has finally taken the lid off of the long-rumored Google Drive, giving users another option to stack files on the cloud. Initially when i first came across it i wondered if with already established players like DropBox or iCloud or even Sky Drive would Google be able to capture the market?
Essentially, it’s a beefed-up version of Google Docs. You can store your documents, photos, music, videos, etc. all in one place. It syncs with your mobile devices and your computer, so if you make a change from one gadget, it will automatically show up if you were to access it elsewhere. It tracks your changes too, so if you make an edit to the document and hit save, you can still look back at all your revisions from the past 30 days.
You can get up to 5GB of space for free, after which you can upgrade. It’s $2.49/month for 25GB, $4.99/month for 100GB, and $49.99 a month for a whopping 1TB. If you move to a premium account it also automatically expands your Gmail storage to 25GB. Noy bad i have to say for such great service.
It can handle more than 30 different types of files, including Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and HD video, and you don’t even have to have those programs installed on your computer. Drive also pretty much does away with email attachments, which makes sharing a lot easier. If you wanted to show a friend a video of your vacation, you could just pass them a link to that file, rather than adding it to a clunky message. You wouldn’t have to upload it to a message and your friend wouldn’t have to wait around to download a big file. (Neat i have to say)
Though Apple’s iCloud only caters to iOS users, the Google counterpart is open to all platforms. It’s easily accessible from a wide variety of devices, like Android tablets and phones, as well as the iPad and the iPhone (though only through a web browser at the moment). An app for Android dropped today, and an iOS version is coming in the next few weeks. You can also download Drive for your Mac or PC. Now that’s Google’s way of getting people hooked up to this service pronto.
With 45 million users, Dropbox has been the leader when it comes to cloud storage. However, it only gives you 2GB free. And for most people, 5GB is pretty sufficient, meaning they’re going to go with Google Drive.
I would say Google Drive is slick, clean and responsive. I definitively would recommend it to users considering most of us already use abundant Google services so why not add to the list 😀
With the sudden burst of “Cloud Computing” in the field technology, a debate rages on whether it is a sustainable approach in the long run. We should go about putting the pros and cons head to head so as to understand if we do need this intriguing tech to make the world a better place.
Steve Jobs announcing iCloud has caused a flutter after Google had previously put in the public domain its plans of the Cloud based operating system – Chrome OS. With it being fully based on the Cloud services it basically does our everyday normal computing in a cloud that is accessible through internet connection. It has put forth the debate about the security of the data and its reliability. Analysts are sceptically about people putting all their vital info in the hands of Google, Apple or any other company for that manner, They feel it’s a high risk to take considering the volume of cyber-crime being high these days!
Cloud based services on one hand offer various advantages of fast and efficient facilities to the customer with so many wonderful applications available to them at the click of a button. Music on the go, Apps up for use, Data back-up instantly etc, the customer has such varied functionalities at their disposal for a price worth thou. Such is the advantages that one would instantly consider it an essential and a dream from some Sci-fi movie but data security is a prime issue and also the availability of high-speed INTERNET connectivity is not available to the majority of the countries. We could say such tech may just about be available to a small percentage of people across the globe (India may have a long wait till it catches up) .
To conclude, I would wait for further advances in the technology so that we can use this multi-facet tool to its fullest but have a rational approach towards the security of data and its availability to the masses!