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Grow Your Business Technology

Google Debuts Google Drive for Work

Google Debuts Google Drive for Work
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A new version of Google Drive is now more business friendly. During this week's annual Google I/O conference, the online search giant unveiled Google Drive for Work, a premium version of its current online storage system that offers businesses unlimited storage, advanced audit reporting and new security controls.

The premium service costs $10 per user, per month.

In addition to offering unlimited total storage, the premium service will allow businesses to store individual files of up to 5TB.

"To put that in perspective, no desktop or laptop on the market today even has a hard drive big enough to capture and store a file that size," Scott Johnston, director of product management for Google Drive, wrote on the company's blog.

Google Drive for Work will also make it easier for employees to work with their Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files while on the go. Google has integrated its Quickoffice app with its Docs, Sheets and Slides programs, so employees can open and edit those documents in their native format directly on Android devices and Chrome browsers. In the future, the feature will be available on iOS devices.

"No need to buy additional software or decide how to open your file," Johnston said. "Editing Office files is just a click or tap away from Drive on your computer, tablet or phone."

Google Drive for Work is also beefing up its security. All files that are uploaded to Google Drive will be encrypted from each device to Google, both when in transit between Google data centers and while being stored on Google servers.

In addition, Drive for Work offers enterprise-grade security and compliance — including a SSAE 16 / ISAE 3402 Type II, SOC 2-audit, ISO 27001 certification and adherence to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles — and can support industry-specific requirements, like the HIPAA standards used in health care.

For administrators, Google Drive for Work offers more control. The new audit view lets administrators see activity, like when users are moving, deleting or sharing a file within or outside the company.

Businesses with compliance requirements can benefit from Drive for Work's Google Apps Vault, which is designed for search and discovery for compliance needs. It has been expanded to cover all content stored in Drive — including Docs, Sheets and Slides — as well as any other file type.

Google Drive for Work is now available to all users globally. To get the new features, current Google Apps customers can upgrade from the Google Apps Admin console.

Chad  Brooks
Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.