Google 'Drive For Education' Gives Students Unlimited Cloud Storage

You could argue that the modern backpack is cloud storage, and if that's the case, you'd be hard pressed to find an offline bag that can compete with Google's "Drive for Education" initiative. Not that you'd want to -- the weight of such a thing would be overbearing, because what Google is offering is unlimited Drive storage.

"For many of the 30 million students and educators using Google Apps for Education, Drive has even replaced their bookbags. Why lug around piles of paper or overstuffed binders when every type of document or file can be retrieved from the nearest Chromebook, tablet, smartphone or browser?," Google states in a blog post.

"Earlier this year, we introduced Drive for Work—a premium version of Google Apps for Work—and now we’re bringing that same power to schools. Today we’re announcing Drive for Education, an infinitely large, ultra-secure and entirely free bookbag for the 21st century," Google continues.

Apps for Education

Being a student is the first step in qualifying for this huge perk. However, that alone won't net you unlimited storage -- your school must be a Google Apps for Education user. If so, you're in and will begin to see the various benefits of the Drive for Education program over the coming weeks.

In addition to unlimited storage, which supports individual file sizes up to a massive 5TB, the Drive for Education program includes Google Apps Vault for free (it's an add-on for Google Apps that lets you retain, archive, search, and export your organization's email for your eDiscovery and compliance needs), along with enhanced reporting and auditing tools.