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Google soothes enterprise security concerns with Drive for Work

Adam Bender | June 30, 2014
Google hopes to ease lingering Australian concerns about data sovereignty as it makes a fresh play to get organisations to adopt its Drive cloud storage service, according to Kevin Ackhurst, managing director of Google Enterprise in Australia.

Google has carefully written its service agreement to stop potential abuses of the unlimited data offering, he said.

"It's not as if you can suddenly use our unlimited storage and create your own for-sale service, because we're going to shut that down," he said. "But for those organisations that want to be storing large files and want to take advantage of the fact that they don't have to worry about how much information they store and trying to monitor that, that's important."

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Google's announcement of Drive for Work came two days after rival Microsoft announced it would pump up OneDrive's storage space to 1TB for Office 365 users.

Not surprisingly, Ackhurst claimed that Microsoft has the inferior deal. "They don't offer 5TB [per file], they don't offer unlimited storage and they don't offer it at the pricing that we offer."

Telsyte analyst Rodney Gedda said he expects business-oriented cloud storage services like Drive and OneDrive will spur organisations to make a purchase.

"Online file storage services are now used widely in business thanks to the [bring your own applications (BYOA)] trend where people use their preferred apps for home and work," Gedda said.

"Now there is a rapid trend among those cloud providers to slap a 'Business' or 'Work' label on them and offer more enterprise features like security, user management and interoperability with other services like directories. This will increase business adoption as more organisations move staff from free consumer services to paid and supported business versions."


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