Google Bites The Storage Pie With Google Drive: But Can It Chew?

Google Drive is Google’s newest offering – a cloud-based file storage and synchronization tool launched to compete with other well-established companies. But can the search giant chew this piece of pie, or will it choke? The answer may come from Shayne Mehringer of FilesAnywhere.

Following the path of success, the number one search engine on the planet announced this week the launching of Google Drive – Google’s cloud-based file-storage tool. GDrive is available for PCs, MAC, and Android devices. Surprisingly enough, Google is also working on an application for iPhones and iPads. By the looks of it, the company is driven to expand its business even further.

“Google Drive is everywhere you are — on the web, in your home, at the office and on the go. So wherever you are, your stuff is just…there. Ready to go, ready to share. Get started with 5 GB free,” reads GDrive’s homepage.

There are however certain questions about Google’s real intentions with launching the cloud service. Vice President of Sales and Client Services at FilesAnywhere Shayne Mehringer offered his opinion:

“Google is king when it comes to Internet searching, and websites around the world count on them for outstanding targeted advertising abilities. However, this doesn’t necessarily make them right for the business and consumer file storage market. Oversaturation in the online storage and collaboration market is actually a good thing for us.

Smart, professional consumers and corporations will now be forced to do their homework. When comparing feature set, security, and reliability, FilesAnywhere is the obvious winner.

Google Drive (GDrive), SkyDrive, Box, SugarSync, etc… are all vying to be the Wal-Mart of online data storage. We say have at it. That’s not who we are or who we want to be. Anyone in retail will tell you that you can’t out Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart. We deliver Neiman Marcus quality and service—Isilon storage, dedicated private clouds, managed services, and compliance driven data protection—at very fair prices.

We’ve been augmenting and enhancing our feature set, and fine tuning our world-class security for more than 13 years, giving us a deep and loyal customer base. You will not read about FilesAnywhere receiving millions in Venture Capital to buy our name in this industry or to become relevant. We pioneered this industry, and stand strong behind our product and customers. At the end of the day, there can only be one Wal-Mart, and we’re not interested in the loose, fast, quantity over quality battle. We were here long before them and we’ll be here after they have moved on to the next in-vogue offering.

Furthermore, free always comes with a cost. Whether it’s a security breach or server downtime, both are a high price to pay for a free service. What motivation do they have to monitor and maintain servers that are simply a loss-leader for their advertising channels? There is already a great deal of concern on how Google will access and use your data to further grow their real business—target advertising. According to reports released last week, Google Drive’s ToS allows for this very thing. We at FilesAnywhere could not disagree more.

FilesAnywhere is a smarter way to collaborate online between employees, customers, vendors, and contractors. We want our customers to focus on running their business, not worrying if their data is secure. Our SOC 3 data center meets stringent compliance standards, which allow our customers to meet HIPAA, GLBA, SSAE 16, SOX, and other regulatory standards. From online storage to Service Oriented Architecture, FilesAnywhere has 13 years of global success.”

Here are some of the features offered by Google’s GDrive:

Create & Collaborate

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With GDrive you can instantly create new documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

Linked With Gmail And Google+

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GDrive allows you to send a link in Gmail and everyone will have the same file, same version, automatically. In addition, all your media files – whether they’re videos or pictures – that are found in Google Drive are instantly available in Google+.

Powerful Search

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Search for you content by using keywords or file filters of any type, owner, etc. Google Drive can even recognize objects in your images and text in scanned documents.

View Anything

With Google Drive you can open 30 files types with your browser, including HD video, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop – even if you don’t have the program installed on your computer.

GDrive & Your Favorite Apps

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Google’s storage tool seamlessly integrates with a variety of applications. You can create, open and share files directly in Google Drive.

Personalized Sharing

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Share files or folders with anyone, and choose whether they can view, edit, or comment on your uploaded content.

Discuss And Feedback

To get some feedback from people you share with, Google Drive allows you to create and reply to comments, making files more “collaborative”.

Go Back In Time

Last but not least, Google Drive monitors every change you make; click “Save”, and a new revision is created.

“You can look back as far as 30 days automatically, or choose a revision to save forever.”