Its Hard to Beat Google Drives Prices

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-04-26 Print this article Print


5. Cloud storage is the future

Although many Web users are loath to send data to the cloud for fear they will never get it back intact or it will be stolen by malicious hackers, everyone must realize that cloud-based storage is the future. So, it's better to jump on the offering now with a reputable company than wait and see if something changes. Trust me, it won't.

6. Online security has typically been Google's strong suit

Security experts have railed against Google for Android security, but when it comes to the safeguarding online data, it's hard to find fault with the company, at least to this point. In that case, the threat of malicious hackers stealing data from Google Drive might not be such a major concern. Things can change rapidly, of course, but from an online-security perspective, Google does a fine job.

7. It's about having another data backup

Want a simple reason to use Google Drive? It's another fail-safe in the event you lose data. Like it or not, today, tech users must find as many places to back up data as possible. But in far too many cases, they don't. With Google Drive, there's another place available to ensure important information is kept safe in the event of a disaster.

8. The competitive comparisons aren't fair

Several competitive comparisons are currently being made on the Web between Google Drive and a host of competitors, including Dropbox, Box and Microsoft SkyDrive. But what all of those comparisons miss is that Google Drive is designed with more features, including the ability to collaborate on Google Docs and have data instantly shared with Google+. Google Drive might be a cloud-storage solution, but it's also much more. And it's important not to lose sight of that.

9. It's cheap

As noted, Google is offering 5GB of free data when users sign up for Drive. But even when customers have to start paying out some cash for the offering, it's quite cheap. Google Drive comes with 25GB of storage for just $2.49 per month. And those who want even more storage will find similarly cheap pricing. Such value for the money matters today.

10. Consider the long term

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it's important for all would-be Google Drive users to take the long view. Out of all of the companies competing in the cloud-storage space, what firm has the greatest chance of succeeding over the long term? It has to be Google. So, why risk leaving content with smaller companies that might go under? When it comes to important data, it's best to leave it with the firms that have the highest likelihood of sticking around.

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Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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