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With Google Drive, 'personal cloud' will soon overshadow the PC

Lucas Mearian | April 25, 2012
The launch of Google's cloud storage and synchronization service -- Google Drive -- means hundreds of millions of tech users will now be introduced to file sharing, collaboration and integrated document search.

IT administrators have struggled in recent months with allowing consumer cloud storage services behind their firewalls because the offerings lack administrative controls, such as the ability to securely collaborate through encrypted documents, remotely delete files and control who can access what. In more recent months, consumer-oriented services such as SpiderOak and Dropbox with its Dropbox for Teams, have begun adding those capabilities.

Cloud-based backup services such as Mozy and Carbonite have also made strides in the business market.

"From Google's perspective, what I think is important to point out is they're going to need to develop those levels of control, which will be attractive to an IT organization," Nisbet said. "I think that's what's becoming more appealing to the IT organizations in all types of businesses. They want to maintain a level of control."



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