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Google Drive For Work: Unlimited Storage Tempts Businesses

Cloud-based storage is attracting business customers, despite security concerns amplified by Edward Snowden's revelations.

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User Rank: Strategist
8/23/2014 | 2:33:54 AM
Google Probably should have bought Autonomy
Given the cloud SP enabling which HP is doing through its CSE portfolio( and reselling of cloud feature services, I guess Google's smart call would've been to purchase autonomy while let HP have motorola (lol..). Ok, but in all seriousness, good work on freedom from limits of the end user. Customers, at the end of the day would always gravitate towards a solution which is evenly placed for them to not worry about monitoring, implementation or usage limits, esp which dealing which huge amounts of data offload to cloud env.
User Rank: Ninja
8/22/2014 | 7:55:09 AM
Re: Who will use Google Drive for Work
Do they tend to use Google Docs and Gmail as well as Drive?  Part of the draw would be to make everything mesh and Drive is just one part of that offering.  It is amazing to see the price for unlimited storage drop so low but I wonder if that is enough to get people to migrate to a fully public cloud solution for their offices.
Thomas Claburn
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8/21/2014 | 6:40:38 PM
Re: Who will use Google Drive for Work
It's both. Some of the recent adopters include Chico's (retailer), Rockwell Collins (aerospace), Travis Perkins (building materials), and OVS (apparel). Google has enough of the enterprise requirements taken care of to serve as a primary cloud storage provider, though I believe few just toss on-premises investments and jump to the cloud.
User Rank: Strategist
8/21/2014 | 6:28:24 PM
Who will use Google Drive for Work
@Thomas: do we know any more about the businesses that are implementing Google Drive For Work? I'm particularly interested to know whether the folks who are making the decision actually work in IT, or whether these decisions are being made at the line-of-business level.

It seems to me they're targeting any business user or team of users, and there's very little tech knowledge needed to interact with Google For Work.

If this is the case, I can see true governance, risk and compliance issues cropping up for organizations as business users "go rouge" without understanding the implications of signing on for the service.

Any advice on how enterprise IT should prepare for this?

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