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Google Cloud Storage

google-logoGoogle has just announced that within few weeks they will allow Google Apps users to upload, store and organize any types of files in Google Docs.

So this basically means, Google is sort of starting to join the cloud storage business like Amazon S3 which has been an incredible lifeline for many startups to kick start their online venture.

This announcement also reminds me of the “GDrive” that many people speculated would come true. Well gentlemen, this is your Gdrive, but google is just not calling it that yet! As far as I can tell, there is absolutely no file type restriction on your uploads as long as each file is below 250 Megabytes.

Google writes:

“Instead of emailing files to yourself, which is particularly difficult with large files, you can upload to Google Docs any file up to 250 MB. You’ll have 1 GB of free storage for files you don’t convert into one of the Google Docs formats (i.e. Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations), and if you need more space, you can buy additional storage for $0.25 per GB per year,”

I totally understand why Google may be interested in providing cloud storage. After their announcement of Chrome OS, i’m sure many of you have actually thought about cloud computing from a personal perspective. The success of Chrome OS depends a lot on the online cloud based services & overall value that Google can provide. Since pretty much all the things that you can and would do on your Chrome OS is online-based, Its perfectly logical for Google to start a cloud storage service where people can keep their files for easy access. But i still don’t know whether attaching it with Google Docs is a very good idea. They should have kept Google Docs only for documents and probably could name their cloud storage service something else. But anyway we will see how this goes.

Google Enterprise blog has shared some examples of how you can take advantage of this new cloud storage.

(Image Credit: Google OS Blog)

One Comment

  • Reply Kian Ann |

    The primary reason why I use S3 is for bandwidth and speed issues. Anybody tried streaming videos directly from Google Docs? Or is it even possible?

So, what do you think ?