Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Google Drive for Work Offers Unlimited Storage for $10/Month

Another shot in the online storage wars -- Google announced Drive for Work, a new premium offering for businesses that includes unlimited storage, individual file sizes up to 5TB, advanced audit reporting and new security controls for $10/user/month.

Google Drive for Work offers 24x7 phone support and a 99.9% uptime guarantee. It include all of Google’s productivity apps like Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites and Hangouts.  Google is also adding enterprise-grade security and compliance, including a SSAE 16 / ISAE 3402 Type II, SOC 2-audit, ISO 27001 certification, adherence to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles, and can support industry-specific requirements like HIPAA.

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced 1 TB of OneDrive storage for all versions of Office 365, including the 5-person home version that costs $9.99 per month and the personal version costing $6.99 per month.

Microsoft said the landscape for online services is quickly changing and that merely providing cloud storage is table stakes.  By providing 1 TB with Office 365, Microsoft effectively supersedes the storage-only providers.  For those who only want online storage and not Office 365, OneDrive pricing has been cut 70% to $1.99 for 100GB and $3.99 for 200GB.