25 thoughts on “Google Drive is real: here's what it means”

    1. Having been one of their harshest critics, I can tell you this one seems to make sense and works for people who have based their operations on google apps for business. I think they need to focus a lot more and make it more setup.

  1. As a parent, the number one use case I have for Google Drive is backing up my family photos. I’m clocking in at 110GB. For nearly the price of a Netflix subscription I could have a fault-tolerant backup solution? SOLD!

      1. They already have a Chrome Linux client so if that were open sourced it would be trivial to turn that into a linux app at the bare minimum for the server market.

  2. I pitched a mobile Sharepoint project in a Windows Phone idea competition six months ago, and I was surprised that they didn’t go with the visual file sharing methodologies. I use SP at work, and aside from the fact that everybody is automagically activated, the tools aren’t very easy to implement for new projects.

    There is so much room in this space. And, we were right up the corporate Pinterest alley. I am trying to figure out how to get this implemented on iPad using Box, but may simply look into the APIs here.

  3. See here’s the problem. The only thing I want to back up is my photo collection, and it’s probably about 80 GB now. If it grows about 20 GB a year I’ll be in 200 GB range for a while. @ $10/month in about 2 years time I’ve paid for a RAID system (or even just buying 2 drives) that should last about 5 years conservatively. That’s a pretty massive premium for letting someone else manage your backups.

    1. The issue is you don’t really have a reliable backup. They are offering you the opportunity to have those files for as long as you pay the monthly premium, and simply put with only a single raid system as your backup solution you will lose those at some point.

    2. This is cloud storage and syncing across multiple devices with files you need to access often and from anywhere. For straight backup, you are better off with unlimited storage offers from places like CrashPlan or Carbonite.

  4. I’m a little concerned about Google’s terms of service for G-Drive.

    Your Content in our Services

    Some of our Services allow you to submit content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.

    When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This license continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing you have added to Google Maps). Some Services may offer you ways to access and remove content that has been provided to that Service. Also, in some of our Services, there are terms or settings that narrow the scope of our use of the content submitted in those Services. Make sure you have the necessary rights to grant us this license for any content that you submit to our Services.

    1. That seems like exactly what we were looking for. I have been contemplating adding a file drop to dropbox, but Google Drive is a far more attractive location for such a thing. Time to get rid of Filesanywhere

  5. Om, I am already paying $5 for 25 GB of storage for picasa storage. Wondering how that is different from this service? Will Google continue to support that storage? If not, I will be very disappointed.


    1. As I understand it the $5 you are paying now is for Google Storage, which is the previous version of Google Drive. You are grandfathered in to that price so the service you use now will probably just be renamed Google Drive. Though I wouldn’t be surprised if they try to push picasa users toward Google + in the near future.

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  7. I’m not sure if search on the site is broken and if the article is just hard to find, but where is your coverage on Microsoft’s Skydrive? It release before Google Drive, offers more free storage and better pricing at similar storage tiers than Google. There’s a huge user base as well. Can you point me to your coverage on Skydrive and comparison across cloud storage offerings?

  8. Om, great post. I’d love to hear more about your workflow, as it is similar to ours. We use Google Apps internally, and Dropbox for file storage and multi device access. I agree with your point that collaboration is disjointed when working in this setup. In fact, I started using InSync to download and sync my Google Docs to my local drive. I’ve added InSync folder to my Dropbox, so now I have all the back up in the world. However, it is far from an optimal experience.

  9. what about the Google users who only use Linux based operating systems…will they have any choice from google?????

  10. Afternoon-

    So I have images stored on Picasa Web and have a music library in iTunes. Is there one entity where I could backup both and recall without drama should I need to? Thanks-Tech novice.

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