We've had a healthcare client using Google's mail for quite some time. They have been using the service for at least 4 years and have had great experiences and uptime. At the time we supported them it was new to us, it was quite different from O365. After learning the tool and supporting the client it's a decent system and support available if needed. We'll definitely consider this an options for folks that aren't ready for O365.
i am using new nearline storage for 2 months and i am already moved from amazon glacier to this for all archiving data. The best part comparing glacier to nearline is it get request respond in 3 minutes while glacier take 4 hours. it is the best offline archiving solution for any company.
Being K-12 education, we got GAfE for free. We use Google Drive for all our high school students. They use chromebooks, and our Google Apps for Education subscription (if you can call it that) gives them unlimited storage. Even our staff have unlimited storage. It's a great cloud file storage product! #spiceworks
i was using aws for last 3 years for my online backup but decided to move them all to google cloud storage standard and near-line. Because near-line has 3 second window of retrieval when comparing glacier is 4 hours and god know how long. so i had to move S3 data to integrate it with cloud apps. i can say i am really happy about it. price wise , there is not much difference and data transfer between region is free so i am happy with my current provider.#spiceworks
Along with Google hosted email services, I also use Google personally for cloud storage of Google Docs. Been using it for a few years and really enjoy files being in the cloud, and easily accessed along with email (and google voice) at the time. Nice to have everything in one place. With ease, files save and can be manipulated right in the browser. I can pick up right where I left off when switching from home to work. I cannot think of any Cons with the service.
Google apps has made my life so easy when it comes to supporting my co-workers. Email application like outlook cannot even come close to the ease of use and maangement google apps has. Google docs, slides etc.. allow for innovative teaching environments for our schools and it allows for better collaboration. #SpicySith
In edition to the cloud storage, many of our devices are using Cloud backup from mobile devices. This is great for our devices to quickly and securely backup images and video to our account. We can then filter through them and add the necessary IDF Closet and other hardware photos into our main Sharepoint account. We quickly moved away from our last tool after using this with ease.
i have used google apps and a clients netowork and it serves its purpose.Google Apps is comprised of an extensive lineup of apps that function independently rather than as a collective whole. Deployment of the service may be fragmented but it still constitutes an affordable and effective cloud service.
Google Hangouts works great for the video conferencing. It still seems tailored for personal use more than business. If they had a business version that had a corporate feel to it, that would make it viable to use as a solution. However for personal use, it is great to stay in touch with friends and family.
Google Apps for business is nice , but Google only great email service is personal gmail. Google Apps Business Email, has a lot of weird quirks, and is not easy to use or manage from and IT stand point. Reaching support is nearly impossible, and they usually have to escalate the issue when anything significant enough to even reach out to phone support. Great example of this is a calendar bug that occurs every so often with different time zones. It has been a known bug for a few years, and still not resolved. I would research other options, like O365. #Spiceworks
Google definitely has it down when it comes to cloud storage. With the desktop applications for local PC sync, and mobile apps for data on the go. The only thing I would like to see from Google is for the web interface to manage permissions a little easier. It can be done, but a easier interface would be really appreciated. Definitely recommend! #Spiceworks
I've been familiar with Google apps for some time and has been working very well. Although we are a small organization, this is really handy and worth it for us to manage email and files access and rights. Service up-time is optimal and the Google community is quite helpful.
it is faster than AWS but interface is not same. also no free client side apps to run on windows, yet. One advantage of Google's platform compared to AWS is that Google maintains consistent APIs for all storage services. Nearline can be used for some innovative new use cases beyond just the natural examples of disaster recovery and backup.
Compare to glacier , now it need only minutes to retrieve from nearline and it comes with all sorts of APIs that support all storage versions.
I have been using Google's personal Gmail as well as Google Apps for Business for Email. I have had no issues or known downtime at all with personal gmail. It simply works and I have it attached to multiple devices.
For our Google Admin account for business, there was some minor adapting to get familiar with the admin user interface, but once getting through creating a couple accounts, setup became a breeze. Easy to manage and modify.
If there comes time to need support, just Google search it, chances are you are not going to get a hold of anyone at Google.
I haven't once ran into an issue with Google's email application. The UI is clean, easy to use, and reliable. The majority of my clients use gmail and they have not had any issues either. The mobile app version and web version both work flawlessly. #spiceworks
Google Hangout! Yet another great product offered by Google. This service, to date, has been flawless and allows a max of 10 users in one hangout. If the user doesnt have a video connection they can still join the hangout video telephone call in. Better yet, its free. We use google hangout for meetings and conference calls, internally and sometimes with clients, to make the conference experience a little more personal. Great product and would highly recommend for the small businesses. #spiceworks
I believe i got my first gmail account when google first announced it was providing free email. I snatched up my company name for a gmail account and use it everyday since! With the introduction and acquisition of Andriod, the collaboration and sync of all files between devices has become simple and so efficient, not to mention convenient! Gmail is a clean and easy to use service on your computer and mobile device. #spiceworks
Google Drive is by far the greatest cloud backup/storage I've dealt with. It's incredibly easy to use and share, and I find myself using it both in the workplace and at home. I've never had any issue with file uploads or transfers to other users. #spiceworks
We have been using Google Apps for 5 years now. We have 175 users. Except for a couple of hiccups here and there Google Mail has been very reliable, easy to access from the desktop or phone. It does take some time to get to used to particularly if you were an Outlook user. The Administration Panel has been improving with time and managing the users and obtaining automated monthly reports is a plus. Also the emails have been clean in 5 years. The Google filters do stop viruses and phishing. We have email discovery and archival also. We had to use it twice and it worked as needed. Google makes available features and improvements not as fast as they used to, but you can hold the upgrades until you can test them or inform your staff. Compare to an in house Exchange it has been a turn on and forget service. #spiceworks
Drive - The best thing since sliced bread. For a free service with free storage and usable across so many devices, google nailed this one. I know there are others like OneDrive, icloud( what a POS, apple is the worst) and dropbox, drive is adaptive and very easy to use. #spiceworks
Google Drive, as part of the GAfE package is amazing! We get unlimited storage, so we've been telling our staff/teachers to use sync their Google Drives to their macbooks and desktops, so that they can use Drive as their storage, rather than our on-premise storage. We only have space to give staff 1gb each. It makes more sense for them to save to the Drive, so that they can work on files everywhere they go! #spiceworks
Still the No.1 cloud email client to use as of 2015. Anyone who has used any of the Google Apps knows there isn't much to say that it just works, it's intuitive, and it's reliable. The greatest thing about Google Apps is that they are all in one place. You have access to everything, all in one easy to navigate page. And as always easy = happy users.
Drive has been one of our go to cloud file backup and storage systems until we moved to Office 365. The ease of usability and space you receive for free were far better than any competitors. The integration with not only Android but Apple and Windows devices made it an obvious choice when wanting something fast, easy and reliable for our users for cloud file storage.
i have used google apps before in my company and it isi one of the best email service out there. every users know how to use gmail to there is not learning curve for new users plus it is far simpler than using outlook for most users to login via web browser. never had a serious downtime issue either. overall, a great solution for cloud email service
One of my client enjoying google fiber internet for last 4 months. what can i say, i just envy him. as a consultant, all i had to do is just watch and learn with their engineers. we didn't even needed to touch anything to configure externally. the users diidnt even know it switched from older company apart from the speed. no more user complaining, etc.. awesome support.
A great solution for anyone looking for cheap but power storage. The ability to directly edit Office and other files online is a nice feature as well. It's even better if you're using Android mobile devices with their built in functionality for Google services.
Some features that set Google cloud storage apart from other services are it's ease of use, file management (particularly images and office/text documents), ability to share data across your organization with Google Apps and security.
The only thing really holding the service back right now is it's sync client which is a little "wonky" on desktops, has limited compatibility outside of windows and doesn't seem to always play well on server platforms or in virtual environments.
i have configured gmail in schools and various companies for last 4 years and i found this is one of the most trusted email service provider after office 365 . It is very reliable and very easy to use for basic users. as an admin, you can literally configure everything within a dashboard. spams cant get past their firewall very easily and The pricing policy is refreshingly simple. #spiceworks
I have been using Google docs since it was introduced. It is very reliable. I can access it on any device any where in the world as long as i have internet connectivity. Excellent place for me to use as a document backup location.
I have been using gmail for some time now. It is my primary email address. I have never had any issues with it. I love the web interface as compared to other cloud email services. When some on is looking for cloud email i always recommend gmail.
I am using google cloud storage for couple years in connection with app engine and it serves its purpose. I am using s3 for backup and drobox for users but have coupe of servers with google app engine so kind of natural to go with their or could storage. There is nothing bad about them so far as we are using it only for db access and logs from server. But it is really fast and easy to use with app engine. But we started using nearline recently and totally mind blown. We were using glacier for archiving and it was totally useless in terms of cataloguing and restoring, you have to wait 4 hours to start. But with new nearline storage from google, we get 3 second response which is really great. #spiceworks
i started using google drive and moved to google cloud storage after i decided to move my bulk data in to business and integrated with app engine. It is fast and cheap. Never had any connectivity issue at all. It is very easy to manage and delegate to other staff. Since new near-line that provides 3 second archive retrieval, it is one of the most functional platform among Cloud storage solutions. #spiceworks
Have used google email for quite a few years now. It has always been very reliable and havent had many problems. Every once in awhile google will change something and it takes a little bit to get used to but other then that it has been great. I would recommend! Google email has alot of awesome features also. If you haven't already checked out google email you should.
Have been using Google Drive since day 1. Have always found it to be stable and fast. I prefer it over other cloud storage platforms that I have used. The speed that documents and anything else loads on Mobile or on a physical PC surpasses everyone. And managing your storage is simple, and expanding the amount of storage you have is cheap.
Have used Google email for business for several years now. Has always been great and very stable. The management tools they provide are always helpful, their support is great, and it's probably 99.9% up time. Some users don't care for the interface, but most of them love it from an end user perspective. From the management side, completing tasks in Google Admin is faster than about any other platform I have used
I've been using Google Drive since it's launch in spring 2012. I've been pretty happy with it as a storage medium. The issue in the beginning lied with the WIndows app. It was glitchy and often wouldn't sync properly or at all. Those bugs seem to have been worked out and I haven't seen an issue in recent years. I love the integration it has with the rest of the Google ecosphere (Android in particular).
I've been using Google Apps for a few years before it was no longer free. It has been incredibly stable with a lot of good features and incredible spam filtering! I love the webmail interface and all the different inbox options.
I am currently exploring Cloud VM options and did the trial of Google’s Cloud VM/Public Cloud. Upon signing up, you get $300 in credits to use over the course of 6 months. Bundled into this offering is Google’s App Engine (for building and testing Apps), Compute Engine (for VMs), Container Engine (for packaging Apps), and Cloud Storage Buckets (unstructured objects in hierarchical containers).
Signing up was simple, and you’re immediately presented with all of the options Google offers including VM machines, Applications and Storage Bucket. The Compute Engine allows you to create and use virtual machines that run in Google’s infrastructure. Creating a server instance was simple and straight forward. You give your instance a name, set the machine type (default is 1vCPU and 3.75 GB Ram, but you can select several different machine specs including high CPU or high memory machines), select your boot disk (preconfigured Linux, CoreOS, Ubuntu, Windows Server 2008/2012 DataCenter…or add your own windows image), set some basic firewall rules and create!
I appreciated that they offer easy to follow tutorials to help get you started and familiar with the GUI. I found this extremely helpful to acclimate to the platform and quickly figure out my way around and how to complete tasks needed.
I spun up a Win 2012 Server in less than a minute. I had a little issue connecting via RDP. First, remember to set your UN and PW on the VM, then if you use your native RDP, be sure to go thru the ‘additional settings’ to remove your local domain from the username…you have to log in using plain username and PW set for you. Once logged in, you’ve got a full on VM ready to play with!
The Google Dev Console offers plenty of information including all your recent activity, billing info, and info on all of your VMs. Pricing so far seems to be comparable to other platforms I’ve looked into in that you only pay for what you use. However Google claims they are 40% cheaper as they bill per-minute (10 minute minimum though), and others make you pay for a full hour, even if you only run your instance for a few minutes. Here’s a great resource for the VM pricing: https://cloud.google.com/compute/pricing
For a small shop with limited local resources, Google’s Cloud VM services could be a great sandbox or testing solution without needing to maintain a test server in your environment or taking the risk compromising your local productions servers. All in all, I’m pretty impressed with the service thus far.