Google Drive a push for your online cloud storage

On March 18, 2014

Categories: Productivity Tools

Google recently announced a price reduction to their  Cloud Storage which brings on the cloud storage wars.   Well, it’s not really a war out there but more of a placement for the future of your online file storage.  There are lots of players in the market when it comes to online cloud storage and you likely have seen some of these or are currently using their services.   For example we use Dropbox and have been using them since they came online.   As a business we feel the value and convenience of the software makes its  a good choice, but when you consider that Google’s new pricing is 80% less than the competition you are left to wonder why not migrate right away?

Cloud storage regardless of the vendor you decide to engage with is more of a convenience to you and how you plan to use the cloud storage and how quickly can you switch to a new vendor.  We are going to explore why one solution maybe a better choice for you regardless of price, if price is your criteria, then we think Google is a no brainier and any other option makes it a tougher buy.

We mentioned earlier that we have been using Dropbox internally for a few years now.   We have enjoyed and have stored a large amount of data using their services, for us it’s more of an internal process of sharing documents and designs with out clients and our own staff.   It’s also helps us keep backups of our work in the event of a hard disk failure in any of our machines.    We think that the convenience of us engaging and sharing with out customers has helped us get large files from them and visa versa.    We have also extended Dropbox to work with other internal programs we use as well.   The simplicity of the software goes a long way and not to mentioned lot of our customers have already a Dropbox account.

Our drawback for Dropbox is the limitation of storage and the price that comes with it.   We pay our yearly fee because we store lots of data, but we know that with more time we are going to require even larger storage.   Unless Dropbox takes this new pricing model into consideration from Google’s Drive then we may pull the plug on Dropbox early just to be able to grow further with Google Drive without the cost.  The only reason we can’t switch to this new model is because of what we said earlier, that most of our clients are already on Dropbox and in doing so we have to wait for our customers to see the value to Google Drive, which brings us to our next point.

Google Drive is now 80% less at a monthly cost of $1.99/month for 100GB of storage.   Below is a pricing table depending on the storage needs you may need.

Storage Monthly Rate
100 GB $1.99
1 TB $9.99
10 TB $99.99
20 TB $199.99
30 TB $299.99

So, if we can’t switch all our efforts to Google drive without abandoning our customers, what can we do?  Our solution is quite simple, we can use both until we have a clear winner in the Market.

Regardless of who your choice, you have to decide on the factors that make the most sense to you and how you use these services.   For example, if you’re not collaborating your Dropbox with clients or taking advantages of the services potential, then switching to Google Drive is an easy choice, because you maybe just be using the services for storing your most important files on the cloud.   This means you likely are just using the services for internal storage and not so much the collaboration.   Both of these services have their terms of use and how you can use their services and what kind of information can be stored on their system.   As long as you don’t violate these services then you can continue to use their services.

We can’t predict who the clear winner is going to be in the online cloud storage business, but we see Google’s new price announcement as a clear offensive move to try to get you to use their online Cloud storage.     Dropbox, has a substantial lead on Google and Microsoft’s One Drive but only time will tell how users see this move by Google.   Microsoft can easily integrate their cloud storage with their products such as office and windows, and Google can as easily add these services to Android Devices and already existing products such as gmail, search, docs and so forth.  We did not mentioned Microsoft’s product on here but it’s as costly as Dropbox if not more.

So determine your individual needs and make the move that is best suited for you business, as an individual Realtor, we think that Google Drive is a no drainer, because the cost savings can be used for you to explore other forms of business tools that can help you grow.    You can hope that Dropbox sees this as a threat and reduces their price, but who knows if they consider Google a threat at this point.