Google Drive as File Server: Thoughts and Curated Resources

Introduction

This is an accumulation of research and resources I’ve made researching Google Drive and its implementation, FWIW.

Features of Google Drive

  • In the Business, Enterprise, and Team Editions it includes unlimited storage.
  • The system can be centrally administered.
  • It supports granular permissions.
  • Provides Vault for retaining important data thus ensuring one can meet data compliance requirements.
  • Powerful searching capabilities, including in non-textual files (e.g. images) using Optical Character Recognition (OCR).
  • Team Drives provide shared storage owned by a team rather than an individual.
  • Drive File Stream allows one to access the files as if they were on your local network.
  • 24/7 support.

Software Clients

  • Google Backup and Sync
  • Google File Stream
  • ExpanDrive

Third Party Integrations for Google Drive

There are numerous third party integrations for Google Drive. I’ve listed a few.

  • Smartsheet
  • Drawing / Diagramming / Mock Ups / Design
    • Lucidchart
    • Moqups
    • draw.io
    • Kami
    • Cacoo
    • Concept inbox
  • Notifications
    • Notifications for Drive Folders
    • Folder Team Notifications
    • ezNotifications for Sheets
  • Project Management
    • Wrike
    • Asana
    • MindMeister
    • Any.do
    • Trello
  • Document Management
    • AODocs
    • Powertools for Document Management
    • Egnyte
    • General Audit Tool (GAT Core)
    • DocuSign
    • HelloSign
    • HelloFax
    • Metadrive
    • BetterCloud
    • GAT+
    • Backupify
    • Spanning Backup
    • gPanel
    • CloudPages
    • ezPanel
    • Drive Mechanic
    • Spinbackup
    • Master Console
    • JumpCloud
  • Programmability
    • Google Apps Script
    • Zoho Creator
    • Ultradox
    • AppSheet
    • Add Reminders
    • Zapier
    • Database Browser
    • Collavate
    • KiSSFLOW
    • Business Process Simulator
    • RunMyProcess
    • Joget Workflow
  • Clients
    • cloudHQ
  • Accounting
    • bkper
    • Zip Books
    • Expensify
    • ONE UP
    • ERPAG
    • Jivrus’ Integra for QUickBooks
  • Forms
    • Zoho Forms
    • FormApprovals
  • Spreadsheets
    • AwesomeTable
    • Super Metrics for Google Sheets
    • SheetGo
  • Migration
    • Carbo Migration Tool
    • MultCloud
    • cloudHQ

Google App Scripts for Google Drive

  • 19 Useful Google Apps Scripts to Automate Google Drive (Ashutosh KS, Hongkiat):
    • Convert to PDF and Email Google Sheets
    • Convert Images to Text Using OCR
    • Track File Editors in Google Drive
    • Save a Webpage to Google Drive
    • Send a Google Doc via Email
    • Convert a Google Doc to Markdown
    • Set Auto-Expiry for Shared Data
    • Save Gmail Attachments in Drive
    • List Directory in Google Drive
    • Convert Google Docs to HTML
    • Combine Data from Multiple Sheets
    • Export Google Sheets to CSV Files
    • Convert PDF Attachments to Plain Text
  • The Most Popular and Useful Google Scripts (Amit Agarwal, Labnol):
    • File Permissions Explorer
    • Google Form File Uploads
    • Send to Google Drive
    • Send Google Spreadsheets as PDF
    • Download Tweets Permanently
    • Schedule Gmail Emails
    • Save Google Voicemails as MP3
    • Gravity Forms to Google Sheets
    • Google Web Scraping
    • Save Gmail Images
    • Email Form Data
    • Schedule Google Froms
    • WordPress Authentication with Google Scripts
    • Extract Email Addresses
    • GDocs2MD
    • Auto-Expire Shared Folders

Official Google Resources

On Programmability/API/Google Apps Script

Google Drive Articles To Accomplish Specific Tasks

Concerns About Google Drive as File Server

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