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During their phenomenal Google Cloud Next Event, Google revealed a host of new features and updates intended to make their already highly-popular cloud service more attractive to customers from an enterprise background. The recent additions were designed to boost security, create a team-oriented environment for working, and of course, provide more flexibility in the way you access Google tools.
Google Drive Enterprise is the cloud storage solution for companies who want to access all the power of Google storage, without having to necessarily pay for any additional features on the G-Suite. Rather than providing a price based on a subscription to the entire Google G-Suite portfolio, the Drive Enterprise price is based on how much data space you use each month.
According to the Enterprise Cloud announcement at Cloud Next, the new service is intended to help larger businesses make the move to the cloud quickly and seamlessly. Google hopes that eventually, enterprise customers will want to make the move to the fully-fledged G-Suite offering. However, if you're uncomfortable with a full cloud migration straight away, the Drive Enterprise could be a great place to start dipping your toes into the water.
Enterprise-Grade Content Management
Google drive is an unlimited cloud-based environment ideal for storing files, videos, documents, and other vital data for your business. You can save your folders and files in Drive, access them from any device of your choosing, and share them across the enterprise with ease. What's more, because all of your information will be stored on the cloud, there's no need to worry about running out of disk space.
The Google Drive Enterprise standalone service will allow you to save information in the cloud as a fantastic backup solution (perfect for keeping your data preserved in case of an outage or issue in the workplace). What's more, everyone in your team can access the information they need instantly. The main difference between Drive Enterprise and the Google Drive solution that comes as part of G-Suite is the pricing. You'll pay $8 per user per month and an extra $0.04 per GB of data per month.
For that, you'll get:
- Zero storage limits
- Access to Google Sheets, Docs, and Slides
- Privacy Shield certification
- Data processing support
- 24/7 email and phone support
- Google's award-winning privacy, security and compliance controls
- Company-wide user management solutions
- Centralized admin console
- Reporting and auditing features
- Vault for eDiscovery
- Data loss prevention
The Benefits of Boosting your Business with Drive Enterprise
Countless companies are already making the move to the cloud. Unfortunately, many enterprise organizations still struggle with the migration, thanks to large on-premise investments and complex technology stacks. Drive Enterprise as a stand-alone service could be the perfect way to successfully boost business performance, without taking any unnecessary risks. If you're thinking of starting your path to cloud with a hybrid solution, then this could be the perfect option for you.
With Enterprise Drive, you can:
Migrate easily and continue using the tools you're comfortable with: Drive easier adoption of new technology in your business with migration that allows you to keep using your preferred apps. You can enjoy access to more than 60 different file types, including Microsoft Office files, Salesforce solutions, and pages on Slack. Drive Enterprise thrives on integration.
Protect your business: The Enterprise Drive service comes with Google-grade security ideal for keeping your content secure. With Data Loss Prevention, you can prevent users from sharing any sensitive or private files with people outside of your organization. What's more, you'll also get access to the ultimate archive for compliance and record storage with Google's "Vault" service. Thanks to Team Drives, you can also control permissions throughout your enterprise, so you know who has access to which files.
Save time with AI: Make sure that you always have access to the content you need most with Google's forward-thinking AI solutions. Features such as Quick Access help to reduce the amount of time you spend hunting for files. What's more, Enterprise Drive also comes with machine-learning enabled search to help you find the most relevant content based on things like commonly shared documents, meetings, and frequent collaborators.
Enjoy a state-of-the-art content management platform: Google makes collaborating on your latest documents simpler than ever with a fantastic cloud-based storage platform. You'll be able to easily request approvals, share files, track versions of different documents, and apply meta-data categories to find the data you need as quickly as possible. What's more, Drive Enterprise will centralize all of your files in the same place, so you're less likely to lose or misplace your data.
Could Your Business Grow with Drive Enterprise?
G-Suite is one of the most popular productivity suites available online today. Though it's hard to imagine why someone wouldn't want full access to the broad range of unique G-Suite experiences that Google's portfolio has to offer, if you're not ready to move entirely to the cloud quite yet, Google's standalone Drive Enterprise service will give you a comfortable stepping-stone.
Google Drive Enterprise is already generally available and comes with usage-based pricing to suit any enterprise environment. Even if you're only looking for a quick way to make sure that you're using less of your desk and PC space, or you want an extra source of security for data backups, Drive Enterprise could be a fantastic step forward.
Google also recently announced a host of extra features alongside their Drive Enterprise solution, including:
- Grammar suggestions and smart reply within Hangouts Chat
- Google Voice for G-Suite
- Cloud Search
If you're interested in embracing any part of the G-Suite experience and you need a little extra help, Coolhead Tech is here and ready to offer our support. Contact us today to find out more about launching your Google journey.