Google’s announcement on rebranding its productivity and collaboration toolset was back in October 2020, and triggered both a wave of excitement and trepidation across its users. G Suite, now Workspace, has been the go-to solution of many small business owners for communication, organization, and file storage. The last, in particular, was a huge selling point of G Suite for business owners.
However, it looks like things are about to change with Workspace. Let’s find out more below.
G Suite to Workspace: Is It Goodbye to Unlimited Storage?
G Suite offers three plans for its users: Basic, Business, and Enterprise. Business and Enterprise users are given access to unlimited storage if they purchase five or more seats. If they buy less than five seats, storage space would be limited to 1TB per user.
Workspace, on the other hand, offers four plans: Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, and Enterprise. Business Plus was introduced as an option for business owners who may need more from the plan but aren’t ready to go for the Enterprise.
In contrast to G Suite’s offerings, Workspace doubles (and even quintuples) the storage allocated per seat in its Business Standard and Business Plus plans for those with less than five users. That’s great news—until you realize that the unlimited storage option for five or more seats is noticeably absent.
So, what does this mean for business owners who’ve been relying on G Suite’s storage for storing and safekeeping their files? Fortunately, David Gewirtz of ZDNet went out of his way to try to get some clear answers from the Google team.
When will the changes take place?
According to our research, the transition was planned to happen as follow:
- 15. Jan 2021--> Last chance to secure the old G-Suite package for one more year
- 31. Mar 2021 --> Companies that missed the 15. Jan deadline will be migrated to Workspace.
But it got postponed. This is an email we received from Google in April, 2021:
"An auto-migration will happen at some point, yes. However, a concrete date has not been set for this yet. It will likely happen during the second half of 2021 and customers will be notified approximately 60 days before the auto-transition is due." - Google
That means you still have some time before a migration. But companies might want to take action now!
"Its important to note that all G-Suite accounts with more than 300 seats will be forced to migrate to Enterprise plans. And now is still the time to do it voluntarily and secure discounts. Google still offers some discounts for early migration-upgraders. If the forced migration comes in place, these discounts are gone." - says the Head of Operations at Sastrify, Dominik Senk.