Google Drive vs. TeamDrive Comparison| By |Nauman Lodhi

TeamDrive is a cloud-based storage solution. It’s just your secure, virtual hard drive on the Internet. It keeps your business data secure, which is a challenging task for companies not familiar with technology to ensure that the privacy settings are set to “private.” If they’re set to public (a default setting), then anyone can access the uploaded information.

TeamDrive encrypts your confidential information with a 256 bit AES (an end-to-end encryption method), which by default protects your files against cipher-text manipulation key-cracking methods while providing excellent performance. When you upload your confidential file, for example, TeamDrive encrypts it with an automatically generated key, uploads it, and further decodes it with symmetric keys (a known algorithm for data encryption/decryption), once you invite others (a group or a team member) to your shared folder.

Who’s the Winner?

It’s a win-win situation. In Google Drive vs. TeamDrive, it’s hard to announce the winner. It all depends upon you and your business security. Which one suits your company best depends on what your company needs most. Still here are some unique features of TeamDrive, which are not available in the Google Drive.

Unlike Google Drive, Team Drive:

  • Comes with a decentralized architecture as the block-chain file storage. Google Drive is centralized.
  • Enables you to create your own server (or join the server of your choice: TeamDrive Cloud Server or WebDAV Server). Google Drive uses one Google account that your workers use for Google services, which makes it prone to hacking.
  • Isn’t all about TeamDrive (as you’ve to do everything in a Google way in Google Drive).
  • Is more security efficient, especially when you’re saving your business critical and sensitive data. This is challenging especially when you don’t want Google Drive to secure your highly secure and sensitive business data in a Google way only.
  • Encrypts and stores all folders with an only-one-of-its-kind symmetric AES-256 key (which isn’t available in Google Drive—unless you yourselves have encrypted your files before uploading).
  • It doesn’t restrict you anywhere, unlike Google Drive. You can make any change in any file and you can rollback this change anytime you want. Businesses make changes frequently and that’s the reason they prefer TeamDrive.

Extra Benefits of TeamDrive

Advantages abound, but some of the add-on benefits (that are also available in Google Drive) for using TeamDrive are:

  1. It is HIPAA-compliant, and discloses that it uses cloud services as part of the client consent process.
  2. It gives you unlimited workgroups. It supports you to create unlimited workgroups to share your folders and office-related works.
  3. It supports you offline as well. It means it synchronizes your user data automatically when you’re on offline mode.
  4. TeamDrive is compatible with all platforms. Yes, you can use it with Mac, Linux and Windows.
  5. It gives you individual user rights on a web space given to you on a server.

De-duplicate Your TeamDrive

Is that all you need? Not really. Your space on TeamDrive does matter (you’ve paid for it). The more space you have the merrier you’ll to save more of your company sensitive files. But duplicate files gulp all your space. TeamDrive hasn’t reached that far to remove your duplicates as compared to the Google Drive duplicate files finding mechanism. Heed these steps:

  1. Launch TeamDrive.
  2. Download all the files (the files you’ve stored on your server) to your hard drive. It takes some time to complete.
  3. Downloaded? Good. Now download Clone Files Checker (CFC). Install and Launch CFC.
  4. Click Add (on your left side) to add the drive where you’ve saved your TeamDrive files.
  5. Not sure about adding all the files or not? Customize it. Scanning in CFC allows you to choose the files of your choice. Use it wisely.
  6. Now hit Start Search (It starts scanning).
  7. All done. Review your scan results. You now have two options: Review or Fix (it works really well if you want to retain some of your new or old files) or Quick Fix (it deletes all files in one go).

via Technology & Innovation Articles on Business 2 Community


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