Cloud Based Services: Google Drive

First let’s look at the cost, Google Drive’s first 15GB are free to anyone with a Google account and as the storage space increases so does the price, ranging from 100GB for $1.99 to 30TB for $299.99. For the consumer user who also wants access to Google Apps for Work the cost is $5 per month. For business there is Google Apps Unlimited which includes the ecosystem of all Google Apps for Work like mail, calendar, and drive with unlimited storage at only $10 per user per month. There is also the ability to add storage space for specific users ranging from 20GB for $4.00 to 16TB for $1,420.00. It can store media of any format like word documents, photos, pdf’s, videos, and audio files. They even have the capacity to create and convert media to a Google formats.

As for security, Google Drive has data centers disbursed around the world and only accessible by them. The data stored is yours and is only viewed by them to acquire statistical data on how their services are being used and improve the quality of those services. Spam and malware is blocked, cookies can be blocked, and there is two-step verification for logins. Users can enable Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) for secure communication and connections. Their privacy policy also states that the data is confidential, secure from viewing by other Google customers, and complies with the Federal Information Security Management Act. It also supports Health Insurance Portability and Privacy Act (HIPPA) and other protected health information through a Business Associate Agreement.

Google Drive’s features include their native media formats, namely docs, sheets, and slides. They perform on a web-based cloud, but the drive can also be downloaded onto your desktop or other devices and update automatically. They offer 24/7 support, sharing permissions, and third party integrations.

I selected Google Drive because I use it on a daily basis for personal use and work. I really like its features and the ecosystem it has created to make it easy to access everything you need in one place.

– Lauren Gutierrez

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