Sunday, 15 December 2013

Filling the G-Apps: Google Drive Sync

Google Drive Sync whilst being a useful tool is not yet developed to an enterprise level.

NB: Whilst the above statement is also true of Google Drive the following points are only about Google Drive Sync:

● There are currently no management tools available
● It is not supported when installed on a server
● Scope and granular functionality don't exist beyond what a basic user can see
● The local synchronisation service whilst it seems fairly reliable and it doesn't quite interfear with resources as much as something like Dropbox. It's not extremely fast, it's not a snail's pace but if you have 30+ users all working on non Google Docs documents they might not all be synchronised in a reasonable time
● Unidirectional synchronisation settings. While any files you place under the root folder will synchronise from a local computer up you can't tell it what not to synchronise at the secondary folder level or any subsequent folders
● There is no connection or issues with Google Drive Sync between Google Drive and local network security permissions so they need to be maintained separately

While it's fairly simple to use, you need to understand if you don't consider your setup correctly it could easily be a nightmare for a network administrator.

Currently Google Drive Sync is only designed for personal use.