A new Google Apps subscription option gives businesses unlimited cloud storage at a relatively affordable price. The deal gives companies that already subscribe to the basic plan a huge boost in storage space for an additional $5 per month, per user.
Here's how it works. Businesses that continue to subscribe to the standard Google Apps for Business suite will still receive 30GB of cloud storage for $5 per user, per month. Google Apps for Business is the name of Google's online application suite, which includes the Docs word processor, Sheets spreadsheet editor, enhanced business email, videoconferencing via Google Hangouts, shared calendars and more.
Businesses will also retain the option to add a subscription to Google Apps Vault for an extra $5 per user per month. Google Apps Vault is an archival and discovery tool for email and documents stored in companies' Google Apps for Business accounts.
Combined, the two services previously cost businesses $10 for each user per month, without any additional storage space. The only way to add storage space to your account was to shell out an extra $10 for each user per month for an additional 1TB of space each. That would boost the cost of the total package to $20 per user per month.
That's where the new unlimited plan comes in. Vault will continue to cost an extra $5 per month, but now it includes unlimited cloud storage space as a free bonus. That means that for $10 per user per month, companies can now receive full access to Google Apps for Business, Google Apps Vault and unlimited storage on Google Drive for all employees. If you didn't pay for Vault, it lets you add both Vault and unlimited storage for just $5 more per user. And if your business already paid for Vault and the extra 1TB of space, it essentially cuts your monthly bill in half while providing a huge bump in storage.
There's one caveat for the smallest businesses: Companies with fewer than five users will still be capped at 1TB per user. But with the new deal, businesses that need more than 30GB of space can still cut down on their monthly bill, no matter how many employees they have.