Google officially announced this week that it has launched its new cloud storage service Google Drive. According to the Google blog, users will get 5GB of free storage and can upgrade for a monthly fee (25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month, or 1TB for $49.99/month).
Web hosts that currently offer cloud storage don’t see Google Drive as much of a threat at the moment, as Google Drive is designed to work seamlessly with other Google products (like Gmail) as a way for Google to retain customers rather than acquire new ones. However, as Google Drive continues to evolve, web hosts may need to lower their cloud storage prices.
Web hosts may also want to take note of third-party app integration, since there are several free web hosting apps in the Google Chrome web store (like Yola, which includes a free website builder and hosting that can be integrated with Google Drive).
Google Drive offers all the features a consumer would want in a cloud storage product, including collaboration. Google Docs has been integrated into Google Drive to allow users to work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets, and other items.
Currently, users can install Google drive on both Macs and PCs, as well as download the app on Android devices. iOS support is scheduled to be added soon.