In this video, you can learn about what cloud tools and services Google has to offer for individuals as well as what a variety of G Suite plans have to offer those in a business environment.
- [Instructor] In this chapter, we're going to explore some of the most popular cloud-based tools and services, beginning with one that everyone knows, Google. When you go to the Google homepage, you'll notice in the top right-hand corner, you can sign up or sign in to your free Google account. And with your free Google account, you get a lot more than just the most popular search engine around. You get a number of free tools that you can access from anywhere on any device so long as you're connected to the Internet. I'm logged in here as Karen Leslie who's added a profile picture.
Hovering over that icon shows the email address, a personal email address at gmail.com, that comes for free with your account along with other tools you can access by clicking the Google apps icon. Here you'll see that you actually have access to YouTube. There's Gmail again. There's free online storage with Google Drive, and because it's online, it makes it easy to share with others. There's an online calendar, a place specifically for photos, again, easy to share when they're all online.
Scroll down a little further and click More, and you'll see some additional tools like Google Docs for creating documents, spreadsheets, presentations. You can even have online chats and video conferences with hangouts, all part of your free Google account. Just click in the background. Now if you're in a business scenario, you may want more, more than just a Gmail account, for example. You may want to use your own domain, for example, if we work for a company like Landon Hotels. I'm going to switch over to another browser here, and you can see, I'm logged in differently.
Instead of a profile picture, I'm seeing my own initial. Notice that my email address is at landonhotel.com. Using something called G Suite which is actually a grouping of cloud-based applications from Google, it brings together essential services to help business, it's hosted, and it'll even allow businesses, schools, institutions access to a variety of Google products on this unique domain, so in this case, landonhotel.com.
Now just as an example with landonhotel.com, when you sign up for Google apps services, everyone at the organization gets things like that custom email address at landonhotel.com. And just like with the standard Google accounts for individuals, every person in the business gets all those tools that I mentioned earlier. And because it's cloud-based, you can stay connected from anywhere. Also with G Suite, all your work is automatically saved in the cloud, so it'll run on virtually any mobile device like your iPhone, Android device, Blackberries, Windows phones, or any phone for that matter with a browser, like Google's own Pixel.
So you'll always have access to your email, your calendar. Again, when you click the apps icon, it may look different, depending on the type of account that's been added for your business. Clicking More will give you access to things like the Vault, for example. I'll click in the background. Now for businesses, this means every employee and everyone you work with can be productive from anywhere using any device with an Internet connection. And it's just the tip of the iceberg with so many more tools, features, and functions to explore.
Let's switch over to a website that shows the G Suite pricing and the different versions. And you can try it out for a couple of weeks. Notice the basic at five dollars US per user per month gives you access to things like a mail account. There's the video and voice conferencing, shared calendars, and Google Docs for document spreadsheets and presentations. Move up to the next level, the business level here at 10 dollars per user per month, and you can see you get all those things plus a little bit more.
For example, down below, unlimited cloud storage. That's important. And a little further down under Control, again, more options here in the business scenario. For larger businesses even, you can see at 25 dollars US per user per month, there's an enterprise version. It's a premium office suite with advanced controls and capabilities, all those things we've already discussed plus a whole lot more. So G Suite comes in a variety of plans, and if you're thinking about it for your business, you can run a free trial to see if it's right for you.
- Cloud components and infrastructure
- Cloud computing benefits
- Cloud security
- Cloud storage considerations
- Working with Google G Suite, Microsoft Office 365, iCloud, and more
- Using collaboration tools: Microsoft Teams, Dropbox, and more
- Migrating to the cloud
- Monitoring the performance of your cloud services