Google: Drive for Work adds 1,800 businesses a week

Google: Drive for Work adds 1,800 businesses a week

Summary: Given the competition and the price curve that points to zero for online storage, Google is hoping to draw a crowd with Drive for Work.

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Google's Drive for Work effort, an add-on for Google Apps customers, is signing up 1,800 businesses a month as the search giant — along with every other cloud storage player such as Microsoft, Dropbox and Amazon — takes aim at Box.

Given the competition and the price curve that points to zero for online storage, Google is hoping to draw a crowd with Drive for Work, which launched earlier this summer at Google I/O and costs $10 per user per month.

In a blog post, the search giant said that Drive for Work has landed retailer Chico's as well as Rockwell Collins as customers who use Drive to collaborate and store documents.

For Google, Drive for Work has an upside even if all the company does is convince its Apps customers to tack on premium unlimited storage, audit reporting and security controls in a package. Google said it has a 99.985 percent availability.

What happens to Google Drive for Work after those installed base upgrades max out remains to be seen. Cloud storage is increasingly looking like the price of admission in broader applications and services.

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Topics: Storage, Cloud, Google, Google Apps

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  • I wonder if that's real signups

    After their history of tricking people into signing up for Google+ and installing Chrome in order to claim success, I wonder if those are real signups.
    Buster Friendly
  • Google: Drive for Work adds 1,800 businesses a week

    Google Drive for Work, the name alone makes me cringe. At first glance I thought it was a driving/mapping app. Your business should think twice about using this considering Google employees like to go it and spy on your email so you can imagine what they will do with your personal files.
    Loverock.Davidson
    • LD is comically entertaining.
      daikon
  • Seriously....

    Which is it???? Is it 1800 businesses a week as the headline says or is it "Google's Drive for Work effort, an add-on for Google Apps customers, is signing up 1,800 businesses a month as the search giant — along with every other cloud storage player such as Microsoft, Dropbox and Amazon — takes aim at Box" (which is the first line of the post)?????

    Big difference between a week and a month, no?
    crystalsoldier
    • NEITHER

      It more than likely 1800 first (and last) time try-out logins.
      wackoae
  • Google Drive pricing

    As a Google Apps Reseller, we’re happy to offer this news on Google Drive pricing. http://www.linkgard.com/blog/announcing-google-drive-for-work.html
    LusineK