This makes a massive difference in company environments that depend on cloud storage for file sharing. Consider the following:
A UI/UX designer uploads a 10MB psd file to Dropbox. Her upload consumes much of the upstream bandwidth. 5 other team members have Dropbox as a folder which immediately starts fetching the new file. Network comes to a screeching halt as a result. Yes that’s enough to take down networks (or cause performance blips).
It’s surprising Google didn’t add this out of the gate and should be considered a pre-requisite for companies considering cloud storage solutions. We recently switched from Google Drive from Dropbox and while I don’t want to deal with having to switch back - it has crossed my mind.
Considering Google Drive is an option for Google Apps for Businesses - it ought to be a feature that’s not only available but controllable at the admin level (that is, bandwidth rates should be “throttlable” by Google Apps admin. It’s wishful thinking that this could/would exist but important because you wouldn’t want to have to mandate each staff member to individually configure this on their machines.
If anybody has other creative ways of throttling Google Drive at the network level, I’d love to hear it. Possible with a dd-wrt setting?