Google Drive has collaboration appeal to enterprisesby
Although targeted at consumers, Google Drive has plenty of enterprise-type features, that will appeal to business users, say experts.
The Cloud storage wars are well and truly on as Google and Microsoft beef up their free and paid for offerings in a head on collision with the likes of Box and DropBox.
However, Richard Edwards, principal analyst at Ovum believes that its unofficial use within the enterprise could cause headaches for CIOs.
“Corporate emails systems are notorious for their measly storage quotas and message attachment size limitations, and so the sharing and distribution of large corporate files, such as PowerPoint presentations, engineering drawings, and creative content, are an obvious use case for Google Drive," he says.
“Concerned with data leakage and the loss of corporate intellectual property, the unsanctioned use of Cloud storage services presents a real headache for corporate governance, risk, and compliance managers. Many organisations already block access to popular file sharing Web sites such as Dropbox, but Ovum believes there is an inevitability about the use of these services that warrants further investigation.
“Ovum advocates the evaluation of business-grade Cloud drive and collaboration solutions, such as Box and Huddle. These services deliver user friendly, device agnostic, content sharing features similar to Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft SkyDrive, but they also feature management and administration capabilities that Ovum deems essential from a compliance and audit perspective.”