G Suite for Business
G Suite—formerly known as Google Apps for Work—is a Software as a Service (SaaS) product that groups all the cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools developed by Google for businesses, institutes, and nonprofits. Included with every subscription you get access to custom Gmail addresses, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar, Drive, Sites, and so much more.
It might seem like a lot of the same Google apps are available for free, but there are a few key features that help G Suite integrate with your company perfectly.
While most of these products are free for everyone, G Suite adds enterprise-level features for its subscribers. Some of these features include shared calendars, optional unlimited cloud storage, advanced admin controls—like add and remove users, two-step verification, and single-sign-on—and simple data migration tools to transfer all your company’s valuable data to G Suite. Plus, G Suite comes with mobile device management, letting you activate/deactivate mobile devices, control which apps are enabled, and remote wipe if the employee goes rogue with a company device.
In addition to all those already great features, G Suite also has custom email addresses for your domain. So for instance, unlike a regular Google account, that uses “@gmail.com,” when you sign up for G Suite, every user’s email will contain your domain and look like “[email protected]”
How Much Does G Suite Cost?
Before December 6, 2012, Google offered a free standard edition of G Suite with reduced functionality, which has been grandfathered in for anyone who signed up and registered their domain before the cut-off. Now, the price depends on how many users there are in your company that will be using the service, with each tier offering more features and storage than the previous version.
There are three versions available for small and large businesses alike:
- Basic: 30 GB of shared storage across Drive and Gmail for each user. Includes all of Google’s productivity apps but lacks Cloud Search (ability to search across your entire company’s content in G Suite), App Maker (build custom apps for your business ) and Vault (data retention and eDiscovery for G Suite). Basic costs $6/user/month.
- Business: Essentially the same as the Basic plan but has unlimited storage for all users and includes Vault, Cloud Search, and app development. Business costs $12/user/month.
- Enterprise: All the same features of the Business plan but adds advanced security and administration controls, eDiscovery, and data loss prevention. Enterprise costs $25/user/month.