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Google Cloud Storage vs Google Drive: What are the differences?

Developers describe Google Cloud Storage as "Durable and highly available object storage service". Google Cloud Storage allows world-wide storing and retrieval of any amount of data and at any time. It provides a simple programming interface which enables developers to take advantage of Google's own reliable and fast networking infrastructure to perform data operations in a secure and cost effective manner. If expansion needs arise, developers can benefit from the scalability provided by Google's infrastructure. On the other hand, Google Drive is detailed as "Integrate your app with Google Drive". The Drive SDK gives you a group of APIs along with client libraries, language-specific examples, and documentation to help you develop apps that integrate with Drive The core functionality of Drive apps is to download and upload files in Google Drive. However, the Drive SDK provides a lot more than just storage..

Google Cloud Storage can be classified as a tool in the "Cloud Storage" category, while Google Drive is grouped under "File Storage".

Some of the features offered by Google Cloud Storage are:

  • High Capacity and Scalability
  • Strong Data Consistency
  • Google Developers Console Projects

On the other hand, Google Drive provides the following key features:

  • Create & collaborate.- In Google Drive, you can create new documents, spreadsheets and presentations instantly. Work together at the same time, on the same doc, and see changes as they appear.
  • Work better with the products you use everyday.- Say goodbye to bulky email attachments. Send a link from Google Drive in Gmail and everyone has the same file, same version‚ÄĒautomatically. Your pictures in Google Drive are instantly available in Google+, so you‚Äôre never more than one click away from sharing with your circles.
  • Powerful search.- Google Drive helps you get to your files faster. Search for content by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more. Google Drive can even recognize objects in your images and text in scanned documents.

"Scalable" is the top reason why over 22 developers like Google Cloud Storage, while over 498 developers mention "Easy to use " as the leading cause for choosing Google Drive.

According to the StackShare community, Google Drive has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2093 company stacks & 2018 developers stacks; compared to Google Cloud Storage, which is listed in 183 company stacks and 79 developer stacks.

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What is Google Cloud Storage?

Google Cloud Storage allows world-wide storing and retrieval of any amount of data and at any time. It provides a simple programming interface which enables developers to take advantage of Google's own reliable and fast networking infrastructure to perform data operations in a secure and cost effective manner. If expansion needs arise, developers can benefit from the scalability provided by Google's infrastructure.

What is Google Drive?

The Drive SDK gives you a group of APIs along with client libraries, language-specific examples, and documentation to help you develop apps that integrate with Drive. The core functionality of Drive apps is to download and upload files in Google Drive. However, the Drive SDK provides a lot more than just storage.
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    What are some alternatives to Google Cloud Storage and Google Drive?
    Firebase
    Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.
    Amazon Glacier
    In order to keep costs low, Amazon Glacier is optimized for data that is infrequently accessed and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable. With Amazon Glacier, customers can reliably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month, a significant savings compared to on-premises solutions.
    Amazon S3
    Amazon Simple Storage Service provides a fully redundant data storage infrastructure for storing and retrieving any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web
    DigitalOcean Spaces
    DigitalOcean Spaces are designed to make it easy and cost effective to store and serve massive amounts of data. Spaces are ideal for storing static, unstructured data like audio, video, and images as well as large amounts of text.
    Amazon EBS
    Amazon EBS volumes are network-attached, and persist independently from the life of an instance. Amazon EBS provides highly available, highly reliable, predictable storage volumes that can be attached to a running Amazon EC2 instance and exposed as a device within the instance. Amazon EBS is particularly suited for applications that require a database, file system, or access to raw block level storage.
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    Decisions about Google Cloud Storage and Google Drive
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    Wekan
    Nextcloud
    Nextcloud

    We use Nextcloud for company-file-management, personal work-documents and for collaborative work (through collabora), organize our #TODOs, that are not covered by the Bugtracker. Existing solutions either were very expensive ( Google Drive ), missed a lot of features ( Trello ) or were pretty much overloaded with features ( Wekan within Sandstorm ).

    That made Nextcloud ud our natural fit for our company management and we're convinced of its integrations and flexibility.

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    Reviews of Google Cloud Storage and Google Drive
    Review ofGoogle DriveGoogle Drive

    Google Drive would be worthwhile as a service on its own, yet its ability to connect with so many other web applications is simply brilliant. First, connecting additional applications to Google Drive makes it more of an immediate destination when I jump onto the web. Second and even more importantly, it increases the very potential and collaborative uses of these additional applications. Many applications have only been able to realize their true power because of it. Go to the Chrome Web Store on click on the tab dedicated to Google Drive applications. You will be blown away.

    Review ofGoogle DriveGoogle Drive

    I use many online storage services, but Google Drive is the one I'm currently using the most. Especially since their recently announced price decreases, a TB of storage is not very cheap. They also have the best integration across services...if you are a Google services user, which I am. Had some issues recently with large files crashing the desktop app on the Mac, but it seems to have been fixed as I'm not experiencing it anymore.

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    yaswanthgoud3235 uses Google DriveGoogle Drive

    Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. Launched on April 24, 2012, Google Drive allows users to store files in the cloud, synchronize files across devices, and share files. In addition to a website, Google Drive offers apps with offline capabilities for Windows and macOS computers, and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, an office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more. Files created and edited through the office suite are saved in Google Drive.

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    Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses Google DriveGoogle Drive

    Google Drive acts as our productivity-hub but will soon be replaced by a more suiting solution, that will be self-hosted. For the moment we are very satisfied with Google Drive, but it lacks group- and recursive-permissions for us.

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    itzMe uses Google Cloud StorageGoogle Cloud Storage

    Amazon / Google... Google / Amazon ... we decided to take the plunge and go for Google Cloud services as their services seem to be a bit more thought through and structured as they have not developed so organically.

    Avatar of Refractal
    Refractal uses Google DriveGoogle Drive

    While the majority of our storage is on our own servers, for documentation and general paperwork, Google Drive's UI outranks anything else we've come across. It just works, and that's the best thing about it.

    Avatar of Srinivas Adireddi
    Srinivas Adireddi uses Google DriveGoogle Drive

    1.Can store large files safely. 2. Very easy to share. 3. Get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup for your photos, videos, files and more with Google Drive.

    Avatar of MadElf1337
    MadElf1337 uses Google DriveGoogle Drive

    Google Drive is far by the best & most user-friendly Online storage facility that one can avail They allow 15 GB storage on a free account!!! Also, very fast & easy to handle

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    Matt Welke uses Google Cloud StorageGoogle Cloud Storage

    When creating proofs of concept or small personal projects that are hosted primarily in GCP, this is the object storage service I usually pair them with.

    Avatar of Flutter Health Inc.
    Flutter Health Inc. uses Google Cloud StorageGoogle Cloud Storage

    We use Google Cloud Storage to store the images and other files that are added (uploaded) or generated in the Flutter application.

    Avatar of CommentBox.io
    CommentBox.io uses Google Cloud StorageGoogle Cloud Storage

    All comments, votes, and other actions live here as a highly-scalable, reliable, multi-region storage solution.

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    Cirrus Labs uses Google Cloud StorageGoogle Cloud Storage

    Cirrus CI can store build artifacts in Google Cloud Storage

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