Google Cloud Storage vs Google Drive

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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—automatically. Your pictures in Google Drive are instantly available in Google+, so you’re 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.

Decisions about Google Cloud Storage and Google Drive

We choose Backblaze B2 because it makes more sense for storing static assets.

We admire Backblaze's customer service & transparency, plus, we trust them to maintain fair business practices - including not raising prices in the future.

Lower storage costs means we can keep more data for longer, and lower bandwidth means cache misses don't cost a ton.

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Gabriel Pa

We offer our customer HIPAA compliant storage. After analyzing the market, we decided to go with Google Storage. The Nodejs API is ok, still not ES6 and can be very confusing to use. For each new customer, we created a different bucket so they can have individual data and not have to worry about data loss. After 1000+ customers we started seeing many problems with the creation of new buckets, with saving or retrieving a new file. Many false positive: the Promise returned ok, but in reality, it failed.

That's why we switched to S3 that just works.

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Pros of Google Cloud Storage
Pros of Google Drive
  • 28
    Scalable
  • 19
    Cheap
  • 14
    Reliable
  • 9
    Easy
  • 3
    Chealp
  • 1
    More praticlal and easy
  • 506
    Easy to use
  • 326
    Gmail integration
  • 310
    Enough free space
  • 270
    Collaboration
  • 249
    Stable service
  • 129
    Desktop and mobile apps
  • 97
    Offline sync
  • 79
    Apps
  • 74
    15 gb storage
  • 50
    Add-ons
  • 9
    Integrates well
  • 6
    Easy to use
  • 3
    Simple back-up tool
  • 2
    Linux terminal transfer tools
  • 2
    Fast upload speeds
  • 2
    The more the merrier
  • 2
    So easy
  • 2
    Wonderful
  • 2
    Beautiful
  • 2
    Amazing
  • 2
    It has grown to a stable in the cloud office
  • 1
    G Suite integration

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Cons of Google Cloud Storage
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    • 7
      Organization via web ui sucks
    • 2
      Not a real database

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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?

    Keep photos, stories, designs, drawings, recordings, videos, and more. Your first 15 GB of storage are free with a Google Account. Your files in Drive can be reached from any smartphone, tablet, or computer.

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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.
    Dropbox
    Harness the power of Dropbox. Connect to an account, upload, download, search, and more.
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