It is, indeed, ironical; it took the Internet Giant almost five years to extend its services to a space that so far has been dominated only by startups like Dropbox and Box. What appears to be a very late attempt, Google has finally forayed into the online storage wars that basically run on a concept called as Cloud Computing, allowing users to store all kinds of digital data onto a centralized data server that could be used to access the data from practically anywhere through PCs, Tablets or even Smartphones.
Google Drive, as it is called, allows users to easily store huge amount of data on Google servers that can be easily accessed through almost any kind of internet connected device. Surprisingly Google drive is already being called the Dropbox Killer, which currently leads the online market with over 50 million users. So what is so special about Google Drive that it is already gaining so much attention?
Google Drive comes with Free Online storage of 5 GB and an extra space of 25 GB costs just $2.49 a month. This is better than the offer by Dropbox which costs 50 GB of storage at $9.99 per month including a free storage capacity of just 2 GB. But it’s not just about the cost, what’s more compelling is that Google Drive lets you sync the data from anywhere and lets multiple users, with access, to edit it. Furthermore, there is a feature that allows the Google drive to capture 30 days history for all documents, so one can always go and revert back to any version of the same document within a month. Google enjoys a strong hold over the internet so obviously has an edge over other existing big names like Dropbox and Box. Not to forget that millions of people are already using variety of products from Google and therefore trust Google than anyone else. While Dropbox offers searching features using file and folder names, Google stands out by offering even image recognition to its Google Drive.
Dropbox still remains the Top provider for cloud computing storage with over 50 million users and it is obvious fact that most of the existing users who already have huge amount of data with Dropbox or other similar products would think twice before transferring all the data again to a new product like Google Drive so it is too to write off Dropbox just because Google has arrived in picture. But with Microsoft too launching its SkyDrive offering 25 GB free online storage, it is clear that existing names like Dropbox would have to pull up their socks and provide something really exceptional to keep the market share from dropping down.
Like they say, battle has only begun. Google has already shown what it can do within a quick amount of time and amidst so much of anticipation and drama, it is clear that Google Drive is going to be a sure success. But does Google have enough to displace Dropbox? The Answer would be – Yes, but it just might take a little more time than we all can think of.