G suite pricing (Google Workspace): How expensive is it, and what’s covered in each plan?

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All of us are familiar with Google, but if you’re a business or enterprise user, you probably have also come across Google Workspace at some point, although you probably know it by its old name: G Suite.

What really is Google Workspace?

Google Workspace is Google’s suite of cloud-based office productivity tools. Google Workspace initially included only Gmail, Docs and Sheets, but in the last few years, Google has also added tools such as Google Drive and Hangouts (among many others).

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Usually, Google Workspace was considered the lowest-cost option in terms of business productivity tools, particularly in relation to its biggest competitor, Microsoft Office 365.

That made it popular with millions of small and medium-sized businesses worldwide. Premium plans that offer advanced archiving, security and management features also make it an attractive option for large businesses.

However, a recent price increase (the first in Google Workspace’s history) has many potential new customers asking: is Google Workspace still an affordable option? What exactly are you getting in return, and is the new price justified?

Find out everything you need to know about the new g suite pricing to help you to make your business decision.

Google Suite pricing: How much does it cost?

Google Workspace offers four main plans: Business Starter, which costs $6/user/month and comes with 30 GB of Google Drive storage; Business Standard, which costs $12/user/month and provides unlimited storage and extra security and admin controls; Business Plus, which costs $18/user/month and comes with 5 TB of cloud storage and enhanced security; and Enterprise, with unlimited storage and advanced controls – you’ll need to contact sales for a quote.

This means an increase of $1/user/month over the original price of the Business Starter plan, and of $2/user/month for the Business Standard plan.

This can be managed if you are a small business with only a limited number of users.

However, it can be a bit of a pain if you are a mid-sized business managing your entire team’s email, storage and productivity tools from Google Workspace.

Even so, it may be worth it, if what you get for that pricing meets your business requirements. Let’s find out what tools and features you have access to in each g suite plan.

What’s Included in Each G suite Pricing Plans?

Every g suite plan will give you full access to your own email account and all the productivity and collaboration features of the g suite. The major differences are in storage allocation, security features, and the level of administrative control you have over the products.

 

GOOGLE WORKSPACE BUSINESS STARTER

GOOGLE WORKSPACE BUSINESS STANDARD

GOOGLE WORKSPACE BUSINESS PLUS

GOOGLE WORKSPACE ENTERPRISE

Price

$6/user/month

$12/user/month

$18/user/month

Contact sales

Professional email (using your own domain)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Google Workspace Products (Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar, Hangouts, Forms, Sites)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

File storage

30 GB/user

2 TB/user

5 TB/user

Unlimited

24/7 support

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

App Maker

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Max. number of video participants

100

150

250

250

Ability to record and save video & voice conferences

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Live-streaming on Hangouts

No

No

No

Yes

Cloud Search (advanced enterprise-wide search through Gmail, Drive, Docs etc)

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Advanced enterprise controls (data loss prevention, security center, security key management etc)

No

No

No

Yes

Alerts for changes to Drive documents

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Google Vault security (archiving for mail and chat messages, export features etc)

No

No

Yes

Yes

Ability to set rules for device management

No

No

No

Yes

 

Which G Suite Plan Should You Choose?

Google Workspace Business Starter

This plan of Google Suite would be a good choice if:

  • You are a freelancer or small business owner managing a small team (i.e. less than 5 employees).
  • You want an e-mail address on your own domain.
  • You want to use your office tools from Google (e.g. instead of Microsoft Office).
  • You don’t work with large file formats and don’t need a large amount of space for storing files and emails.
  • You don’t need to archive your emails and chat messages, or advanced administration and security controls.

However, if you have a larger computer and/or feel that the 30 GB of personal storage will not be enough, then it is worth considering one of the higher plans.

Google Workspace Business Standard

The $6/user/month price difference between G Suite Business Starter and Business Standard means that the Standard plan may not be a realistic option for some businesses. However, we would recommend this plan if:

  • Manage a medium to large team
  • You want access to all the features of Google Workspace Business Starter, but you also want to archive email and messages (Google Vault).
  • Starter, but also want to archive email and messages (Google Vault)
    Don’t want to worry about running out of storage space for your files
  • It’s important to you to easily sync and share files between teams and the business.
  • You plan to use Google Hangouts for video conferencing and will have fewer than 150 participants on any given call
  • You do not need advanced administration and security controls (e.g. data loss prevention, security key management).

 

Certainly, if you need even more control and more advanced security features, then Business Plus would be your way to go.

Google Workspace Business Plus

At $18/month/user, this plan is directed at larger businesses. We’d recommend it if:

  • You are in need of more advanced security features.
  • 2 TB per user isn’t enough for you. The Business Plus plan allows for 5 TB per user.
  • You regularly host very large video conferences with up to 250 participants.

Google Workspace Enterprise

This feature is ideal for businesses and enterprises that need the features offered by Google Workspace Business Plus, but also:

  • Have larger teams, and therefore require stronger management and security controls over their Google Workspace apps.
  • They require advanced security features, such as device management rules, security key management and data loss prevention.
  • In order to have access to email archiving through Google Vault, they require the ability to integrate with third-party archiving tools such as Barracuda or Mailstore.

G Suite Pricing: Final Remarks

After taking all this in, you may be wondering if G Suite worth it.

Okay, there are a few points to keep in mind. First, even with the new pricing, Google Workspace Business Starter and Business Standard are still more affordable than comparable Microsoft Office 365 plans.

In addition, you’ll get a pretty comprehensive set of office and email productivity apps, as well as generous storage quotas (especially in Google Workspace Business Standard).

As you have seen, there are a range of plans to suit different costs and needs, which means you have a good chance of finding one that suits you.

Do you still have questions about g suite pricing  (Google Workspace), or would you like to share your experience with it? Please leave us a comment below.

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