While Google Drive isn’t going away entirely, the introduction of Google One will change it’s purpose. With the rebranding of Google One also comes new features to look forward to. Google Drive will now only refer to the company’s Dropbox-like service where you can upload files to a personal online vault. Google One will be the place where you can buy and manage your online storage shared between Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.
Unlike the earlier version, you will now be able to share your storage with up to five family members. Plus, it will include “one-tap” customer support for your other Google products even hardware devices like the Pixel phone or Home speakers. Google has also said it may hand out free Google Play credits to buy apps, music, and movies, as well as other possible deals. 15GB of storage will still be provided for free with every Google account and additional paid storage options will range from 100GB to 30TB costing between $1.99 per month to $299.99 per month.
To learn more about the plans to roll out Google One over the next few months, both in the U.S. and globally, visit here.
Colocation, Data Center, Cloud – Where to Start.
The last few years have reignited the discussion about whether your business should house its servers and applications internally. This includes just about everything from email, accounting, and ERP software.
With the reduction in costs for high speed internet and the availability of options to complement multiple internet connections, it provides the option to move your hardware to a space off site, or just rent hardware rather than own it. Storage costs are at an all time low, and the ability to ramp up storage needs as needed make co-location an attractive option.
Most everyone knows about Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud. But there are many options including local and regional companies providing these services which may be a better answer for companies who are first entering in to these arrangements. One such company we have partnered with is Cologix, which has facilities in New Jersey as well as other regional locations.
If you have an interest in exploring either collocating your own IT equipment or are looking to utilize shared services for physical or virtual equipment please contact the office for more information or visit www.cologix.com.
Tip of the Month
This month, we encourage you to close your tabs within browsers when you are not using them. This is especially true when using the Google Chrome browser, since it has a higher than 50% market share in browser usage. Every tab that is left open can put a drain on computer memory. This will make it difficult for the PC to accomplish other tasks like using programs (i.e., Microsoft Office, Adobe products, file exploring, etc.). If you have any questions regarding computer memory, please feel free to contact the office.