Google Now Offering 15GB Of Free Storage, Shared Across All Services

Monday, May 13, 2013 15:38
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Google Now Offering 15GB Of Free Storage, Shared Across All Services

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Google today raised free storage capacity across Drive, Google+ and Gmail to 15GB. The move now makes Google the leader in free storage capacity. Dropbox currently offers 2GB of free space, Microsoft SkyDrive gives users 7GB of free storage and Amazon Cloud Storage, Apple iCloud and SugarSync each offer 5GB of free storage.
 
Which of these free storage services are you using and why? Please let us know. Please share your thoughts about moving documents to these services. Would be interested in hearing if you moved all documents or just a subset.  And what about your document management software?

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Chris Winn
You can also thank Google for bring down the prices for DropBox, Box.net and others. Google Apps for Business gives you 25GB for email and 5GB for docs for the total of $50 per year. To add 25 GB more is $2.49 per month.

We recommend that Advisors looking at these services go with the paid versions. With Google for instance, Apps has a service level agreement and high privacy standards. A free Gmail account is not free. You compensate Google for allowing them to analyze your data and click patterns to market to you in many ways.
Chris Winn , May 15, 2013
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stvnrsmth
Chris,

Do you know anything about Google Apps Vault (used to be Postini)?

Thanks
stvnrsmth , May 15, 2013
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Chris Winn
Google purchased Postini about 3 years ago and is working full steam to transition to Vault. Vault is Google's replacement and enhancement for Postini.

Google Apps users that do not already have Postini can sign-up directly for Vault. Postni users are slated for a conversion this year (at some point).

Vault provides the robust Google search engine and with policy and retention management. The archive can be set to meet requirements for SEC and state RIAs. I believe that Vault does not provide WORM (Write Once Read Many) storage that is required for a FINRA firm (B-D and its reps). I could be wrong. Pure RIAs do not have a WORM requirement and Vault has strong access control and policy management, so the CCO could control the access, retention periods, and destruction of data in the Vault. One of the benefits of Vault is that they are starting to include other Google services into the Vault, not just email.
Chris Winn , May 15, 2013

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