INTRODUCTION GOOGLE DRIVE is a product of GOOGLE brand which is officially released on April 24, 2012. Its upgraded stable version was released on June 19,2012. Google started to work on this project on 2006 Website: https://drive.google.com/
WHAT IS NEED OF GOOGLEDRIVE? To overcome the limitations of file format for sharing and storing them on other Google product like Google document, YouTube and Picasa. To provide online backup services.
WHAT IS GOOGLE DRIVE? GOOGLE DRIVE is a online back up services, where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. It employees the concept of cloud computing for file storage and access. It is an extensions of Google Document. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond. It supports almost 20 formats of filies.
WHAT IS CLOUDCOMPUTING? Cloud Computing is a technology that uses the internet and central remote servers to maintain data and applications. Cloud computing allows consumers and businesses to use applications without installation and access their personal files at any computer with internet access. This technology allows for much more efficient computing by centralizing storage, memory, processing and bandwidth.
VERSIONS OF GOOGLE DRIVEDrive services comes in two versions: Free: which gives up to 5GB data storage. Premium: This gives from 25GB to 16TB online data storage on monthly rental(2.49 USD/month).
HOW TO USE GOOGLE DRIVE? There are two way to use Google Drive:1. Online version.2. Drive client software.
ONLINE VERSION• Online version of Google drive is quitesimilar to Google Documents, whichrequires only sign-in to access youraccount
Drive Client Software Drive client software which need to be installed in your system to share and store stuff online Devices which support Google Drive client software are: On PCs running Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, or Mac OS X Lion (10.7) and Snow Leopard (10.6); On Android smart phones and tablets with Eclair and newer OSes (Android 2.1+); On iPhones and iPads, iOS 3.0+.. Drive Client Software process in 3 steps: Downloading and installation Sign-up or sign-in in your account Drag and drop(storing and sharing) of data
DOWNLOADING AND INSTALLATIONOF GOOGLE DRIVE SOFTWARE•You can download drive client software from Website:https://drive.google.com/
Sign-up or sign-in in youraccount•After installation has been completed, a new window of Google drivehas been appear, which request you to sign up or sign in your Googledrive account.
Drag and drop(storing and sharing) ofdata•After sign-in, a new folder named as Google drive has been createdin your parent directory, where you can drag and drop your stuff tostore and share online.
ADVANTAGES OF GOOGLEDRIVE: Live changes: Users can create documents, spreadsheets, presentations etc. and can edit the same over internet. Anytime accessibility: Files and documents stored in the data centers of Google can be accessed by a user while sitting in any part of the world, by simply logging into their Google drive account. Device independency: There is no specific platform defined for using the file uploaded on Google’s drive. Any device, which is connected to network, can be used to access the file stored on drive.
ADVANTAGES OF GOOGLEDRIVE: Go back in time: Google Drive tracks every change you make—so when you hit the save button, a new revision is saved. You can look back as far as 30 days automatically, or choose a revision to save forever. Send large files: Now you don’t need to attach big files with your emails. You can send/share files from your Google Drive and recipients will be able to access the same version of the file. Social Integration: The photos and videos you store in Google Drive are directly available on your Google Plus account. All it takes is one click to share them within your circles. Control your files: You can share your files with specific people, give them editing or viewing privileges to files the way you wan
DIS-ADVANTAGES OF GOOGLEDRIVE: Limited File Formats : It supports 15 file formats. Security Issue : In a cloud environment, many Data security issues are arises and due to which it is considered unsuitable for use by governments or commercial organisations. Internet Dependency: Internet based service means full dependency on internet to access the data. As data is stored remotely so some connection is required to access the data. In case of a scenario where the Internet isn’t functioning access to your data in such situation becomes impossible.
CONCLUSONGoogle Drive provides an easy solutionfor online back-up of data to the users.Especially, in emergency situations likehard drive crash or data corruption,Google drive provides great help to theusers because of the availability of alltime data back-up for the users.