What is Google Drive?
Formerly Google Docs, Google Drive is docs plus the ability to sync and store your files online. Out of the box, you get 5GB – free. If needed, you can pay for additional storage. This may sound kind of boring but you can do some neat things with it.
With Google Drive You Can:
- Save files online and locally
- Share files with others
- Sync files between multiple computers
- Collaborate in real time when using Google Docs
- Access your account from anywhere and from supported mobile devices
- Access your files offline if needed
How Do I Get Google Drive?
You get Google Drive when you sign up for a Gmail account or if you get Google Apps for Business. The neat thing is that you can share files across a personal Gmail account and an Apps account.
Why Would I Use Google Drive?
This is where the fun begins! Think of Google Drive as a network share that accessible from anywhere. You can access google drive from any computer with internet (as long as it’s not blocked) or mobile devices with the Google Drive app.
Think about it… “Use Google Drive as a network share”
- You no longer need a VPN to access the “network share”
- Set desktop applications to use a Google Drive folder for settings, templates, or other items
- Easily share files with coworkers or clients – yes, you can share documents outside of your company or domain (this feature needs to be enabled by you admin if you’re using Google Apps for Business).
I use DropBox for personal items and Google Drive for business related items. The main reason is that Gmail is the backbone of our email system. Thus, the features of Gmail, Google Drive, Hello Fax, and other Marketplace apps make it an all-in-one solution for Dented Box.