Google Drive

Who Uses Google Drive?

Cloud-based file storage platform that enables businesses of all sizes to store and share contacts, photos, videos, spreadsheets, presentations and more.

What Is Google Drive?

File sharing platform that allows users to store and share contacts, photos, videos, presentations, recordings and more.

Google Drive Details

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http://www.google.com

Founded 2012

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Starting price

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USD 1,200.00/year

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Google Drive deployment and support

Support

  • Email/Help Desk
  • FAQs/Forum
  • Knowledge Base
  • 24/7 (Live rep)

Deployment

  • Cloud, SaaS, Web-based
  • Android (Mobile)
  • iPhone (Mobile)
  • iPad (Mobile)

Training

  • Live Online
  • Webinars
  • Documentation

Google Drive Features

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Authentication
  • Automatic Backup
  • Backup and Recovery
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Compliance Management
  • Customisable Branding
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Migration
  • Data Recovery
  • Data Replication
  • Data Storage Management
  • Data Synchronization
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Email Management
  • Encryption
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • Historical Reporting
  • Mobile Access
  • Monitoring
  • Multiple User Accounts
  • Offline Access
  • Password Management
  • Real Time Data
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SSL Security
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Secure Login
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • User Management
  • Version Control
  • Workflow Management

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  • Prioritization
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Overall rating

4.8/5

Average score

Ease of Use 4.7
Customer Service 4.4
Features 4.6
Value for Money 4.7

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Suzannah H.
Assistant Manager
Telecommunications, 1,001-5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support
    4 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 25/04/2021

"My choice for cloud storage"

Comments: Moving around my files, document and media is the best to do with this cloud storage software. Sometimes, i need to do some work from my smartphone and the files is in my tablet. I can easily access to the files because the files is linked to the Google Drive and i can access it from everywhere as long there are internet connection.

Pros: Google Drive is free for anyone with an account with Google. It is available in smartphone, tablet and computer which is very critical for cloud storage software to has this kind of flexibility. It is also very compatible with Google Docs product, and it will saves the document automatically if the document original location is in the drive storage.

Cons: What i dislike with Google Drive is, the process of sharing the files on the software is quite confusing. It also need to person that i am sharing the files also has email account with the gmail, and it is impossible for them to view the files if they don't have google email account.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 25/04/2021
Ron B.
Technology Coordinator
E-Learning, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    3 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support
    Unrated
  • Value for Money
    Unrated
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    5/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 06/03/2021

"Google Drive, Easy to Use, almost too easy..."

Comments: Our organization defaults to it since it is so readily available and accessible to the common person. This is to a fault due to privacy / security gaps with permissions and the inability and lack of controls to reset said permissions. The product is too simple and lacks any decent admin control of data that would make it easy to audit. I am making a push to move to OneDrive / Share Point in the upcoming few years which had more granular controls.

Pros: Google Drive is a nice platform that we have used to offload our data backup to for the last few years. It's nice because we have not had to worry about on-site backup mechanisms and the maintenance and hassle it is to utilize an on-site system and the training for staff in order to utilize it. All content gets dumped online and is continually backed up year to year and as teachers work on content. Plus as we capture good teaching we use it to house our video archive for training purposes. It's used to with "Backup and Sync" to help backup local files to the drive as well so that teachers who do not use the product directly on a regular basis.

Cons: Google is eliminating the free storage. This is unfortunate as we will now need to either on-site our information or find ways & time to audit what is online and develop new practices for how we archive and work with our data in an online remote environment. Also unfortunately, they defaulted permissions to make anything uploaded publicly searchable in our organization so we've had to emergency privacy audit admin and leadership files and folders because things were default public on Drive, which makes NO SENSE. Plus, there is no way to bulk change these permissions so reverting or changing them is a pain and requires file by file permission changing. Not great as there isn't a way to bulk change permissions, which would make sense.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 06/03/2021
Noorhidayu S.
Human Resources Executive
Hospital & Health Care, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 07/06/2021

"Google Drive is seamless"

Pros: We used it to operate a file-server at most of our offices and advise employees to back up important files to it. We now use Drive, which has proven to be quite beneficial to our company. Individuals can securely save their documents on google drive for teams regardless of where they are.

Cons: I'm not sure if it's a software issue, but I'd like to be able to map drives without using up hard disc space. This may be available, but the last time I tested it, my hard Drive was completely full and i had to stop testing it. Other than that issues, i don't think i have encounter other problem while operating this software.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 07/06/2021
Habibah M.
Information Technology Support Assistant
Telecommunications, 1,001-5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 20/05/2021

"Save and share eveything from this cloud storage"

Comments: It has proven to be highly beneficial in a variety of ways. We use it regularly, and we're still discovering for new ways to use it. It keeps a large group of users onboard regardless of where they are, making our job much simpler and more fluid!

Pros: Google Drive has proved to be the best forum for all types of remote collaboration. My organization uses it to save and exchange files, work on files in real-time when anyone in the meeting can access and update the document simultaneously, safely share files with customers, plan group meetings, and much more. It's all in one location, and everyone can get to it using their phones or another mobile computer. This is a fantastic tool that makes workplace flexibility a breeze!

Cons: For people who are new to the cloud storing, learning how to share files and document can be challenging at times. It necessitates security checkpoints (which is a good thing), but they can make it hard to access files and folders before you understand how to grant correct permissions to each one.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 20/05/2021
Malinda S.
Station Master
Government Relations, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 13/10/2019

"The best cloud storage service"

Comments: Three years ago I decided to use google drive and so far my experience on this is absolutely perfect. As station masters we are dealing with documents up to a certain extent and the help google drive gives me throughout my career is great. Specially it made my mind peaceful of knowing that I won't forget any document to carry and all my documents are stored in a safe place. I do mobile photography as one of my hobbies and I don't need any additional SD cards for my phone because I can store them in drive. I have never experienced any loss of files that I stored due to software failure. My overall experience of using google drive is really positive and I would like to recommend anyone who is willing to use a cloud storage which works flawlessly almost 100% of the time.

Pros: Google drive is the best advanced cloud storage service which gives us free 15GB storage. As a station master I handle lots of confidential files that cannot be saved in a local machine with the fear of being stolen. Laptops and hard drives can be destroyed or stolen and anyone who has access to it can view and modify files. Also if there is meeting and if I forgot to take my pen-drive which contains the documents, that's a big problem. For all these problems I decided to use a google drive as the cloud storage few years back. When I moved to use it; it made my life really easier and thank god I don't need to worry anymore. I'm using the free feature set provided by google drive and those features are enough for me. For me, the best feature is sharing google docs and slides that are stored in cloud with my team. I can provide edit privilege to do the changes and using logs I can track the changes made to the files. File and folder sharing is really simple. Just a right click and select whatever the option I need. All the people that I involve with are not techy. So by sharing a link make them easier because what they just need to do is click that link and to the editing.They don't need to download documents, do the editing and upload them again. The syncing capability automatically sync my information with the devices that my account logged in and the services that I connected to google drive like google docs, sheets, slides and whatsapp make backups and save daily.

Cons: The uploading and downloading time is bit high for the larger files and it highly depends on the internet speed as well. Sometimes it's bit confusing to figure out which files I have shared publicly and which files not. To be honest that is the only issue that I have experienced with google drive.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 13/10/2019