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Compare G Suite Basic and Business versions

According to the latest Google figures as of 2019, has come to more than five million businesses worldwide choose to use G Suite, including big names like Salesforce, Airbus, Colgate – Palmolive, etc. within a year 2018 then there was one million businesses switch to G Suite. If you are also one of the businesses that trust Google's technology, this article will help you have a better overview and make the best choice for you, by comparing the two versions of G Suite. most used today: G Suite Basic and G Suite Business.

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1. G Suite Basic

Basic version – also the lowest version of the options that Google brings to businesses. True to its name, G Suite Basic offers a set of tools that meet the most basic requirements of each business:

  • Gmail: Create custom email addresses for each company's domain and unique naming. Eg In addition to the main domain and email address, you can add subdomains (if your company has many different domains) or sub email addresses.
  • Google Calendar: Share work schedules and events with colleagues, members of the same team, thereby helping to schedule joint work faster and more efficiently.
  • Hangouts Meet – Hangouts Chat: Exchange information, hold video meetings to quickly connect offices and branches together, using any device.
  • Google Docs, Sheets, Slides…: Create content and collaborate in real time, no more visuals having to email documents back and forth. You and your colleagues can directly work on the same document file, and edit it at the same time. The data will be saved automatically.
  • Drives: 30GB capacity per account. Store and back up documents securely using cloud computing technology.
  • For Admins: Manage users and set usage policies for your own business through the admin console
  • Currently, each G Suite Basic account is sold for $4.2/user/month – a fairly affordable cost for all the quality applications that Google offers, not just Gmail. Especially in the Vietnamese market, this is a cost that has been greatly favored by Google (compared to $6/user/month globally).

2. G Suite Business

In addition to the same core applications as in the Basic version, the biggest differences with the G Suite Business version are in the price, capacity, and moderation, reporting, and security features. Specific information is as follows:

2.1. Expense

Compared to the price of $4.2/user/month, the cost that businesses have to spend for the Business version is at $10.2/user/month. (Still the preferred price for the Vietnamese market, when in the world businesses have to pay a fee of $12/month). Normally, with a large number of accounts, businesses can directly contact an authorized Google partner in Vietnam to negotiate a possible discount. So with such a double difference, what will users get when upgrading to a higher version?

2.2. Storage capacity

The size of your business and the number of accounts needed will be a big factor in deciding which version of G Suite is right for you. If G Suite basic only stops at 30GB, then when upgrading to a higher version, the capacity will not be limited.

Specifically: If you buy 5 or more Business accounts, each user will be able to store freely without ever having to worry about running out of quota. (If buying less than 5 accounts, each user will have 1TB of space).

Difference between G Suite Basic and Business

In case your business frequently has to store a large volume of emails, images, videos or files (like blueprints), then G Suite Business will be an ideal choice. There are some businesses that choose the Basic version with only 30GB and accept to buy more storage if it arises later - this is also an economic choice, but if you think 30GB will be faster according to your work experience. If it fills up quickly in a year or two, you should choose the Business version in the first place.

The reason is because of the cost of buying additional Drive capacity not cheap, not to mention tax fees. "Eating and wearing durable" with 30GB will also easily lead to "saving" storage and make you tend to delete temporarily unused content to free up memory. Unlimited storage for only about $10/month is a good opportunity that is hard to get in many other service providers.

2.3. Cloud Search: Smart search engine in G Suite

An important application that G Suite Basic does not have is Cloud Search - smart search capability, applying Google Search technology to help find information in your company's data warehouse - regardless of content. need to find stored in Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides,... With the power of Machine Learning, Cloud Search will help you quickly find the information you need, right at the moment you need it.

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Why do businesses need this feature? With businesses that have been operating for a long time, data and workloads are gradually moved to the cloud, finding and filtering information becomes increasingly complex. Employees will often have to spend a lot of time "swimming" through this data warehouse, not to mention the structure and format of each file is also different (unstructured data). Therefore, Cloud Search will be a tool that plays a particularly useful role for managing and accessing information in the enterprise.

2.4. Security and control with Google Vault

It can be said that Vault is one of the decisive reasons why many businesses are determined to upgrade to G Suite Business (Basic version users can only purchase this application as an add-on). Google Vault allows business managers to set retention policies (Archive & retention) for data in email and chat history, even when users intentionally delete them. The benefit of applying Vault to business users is to minimize legal risks and protect company data. 


With the above basic comparison information, it can be seen that in addition to the basic features available from the Basic version, the G Suite Business version is a practical solution to help businesses remove worries about capacity. , works with better performance and greater security. If your business is still in the early stages of growth, G Suite Basic is a better choice for your needs and budget. However, if you are in the accelerated development phase with stricter management and operational requirements, the new Business version is a perfect choice.


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