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March 14, 2017

Google Drive syncs with enterprise with major new update

Google Drive's new updates make it much more attractive to enterprise customers.

By Joe Clark

Google has rolled out a new update for Google Drive designed to make the platform more attractive to enterprise customers.

Last week, Alphabet’s Google, introduced a huge new update to its cloud service which includes use and access improvements, security improvements, and a bigger focus on team oriented work.

The new updates to Google Drive include a sharing app called Team Drives and Google Vault for Drive, which manages sensitive data. Also included is Appbridge, Drive File Stream to and Quick Access powered by Google Intelligent Machine.

In a blog post the company said: “With these powerful new enterprise additions to Drive, you have the tools your employees need to execute on big ideas while you maintain the control your organization needs to keep your data safe.”

GoogleTeam Drives will allow teams to more effectively control files in the cloud, including who is eligible to access them. Most cloud services are built for individuals as opposed to teams and as more businesses move towards cloud storage solutions ease of access is imperative.

Google Vault for Drive is designed to assist with data retention plans, this system will allow admins to organise files in Team drives and individual drives in order to set policies regarding which files should be automatically kept and deleted.

Appbridge, one of Googles most recent acquisitions, allows companies to transfer on premise data to the Google Drive cloud storage. The system is designed to work G Suite to content management systems such as Sharepoint, the transfer also retains file permissions.

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Drive File Stream, while still technically in the Early Adopter Program, is designed to save time by allowing businesses to stream files directly from the cloud as opposed to having to sync or download data.

Finally, Quick Access in Drive has been compatible with iOS and Android devices for some time but soon it will be available on web. The system has been boosted by Google’s machine intelligence, the same found in Gmail smart reply, meaning that employees will save time by having the right information present it to themselves by measuring who frequently shares which files with one another and when relevant meetings occur.

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