Will we soon see a Google cloud drive?

Will we soon see a Google cloud drive?

Summary: The rumors of free Google online storage have been floating around for years, but it now looks like it may actually arrive. Maybe.

TOPICS: Google, CXO, Hardware, Storage

These days, everyone and their uncle offer online cloud data storage plans. Dropbox is the name everyone knows, but big name Internet companies like Amazon, with its Cloud Drive; Apple with iCloud; and Microsoft with SkyDrive all have their personal cloud storage options to tempt you with as well. But, the one big company that everyone's been waiting on for a cloud storage option, Google, has never shown their personal cloud drive cards. That may be changing.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, Google is getting ready to launch a personal cloud-storage service called Drive. Sources are reported to have said that, like most Google services, it will be free for most of its consumers... unless they require a lot of storage. How much is a lot? Good question. We don't have any answers. Dropbox prices, which are typical for personal cloud storage, currently give users 2GB for free, then charges them $9.99 for 50 GB and $19.99 for 100 GB.

Google's response to this story is that "We do not comment on rumor or speculation." OK. Fair enough.

This isn't the first time though that there have been rumors of a Google "G-Drive." These stories have been popping up since 2006. Still, Google offering free storage for any use what-so-ever has remained a compelling idea.

Google currently offers free storage for many of its services. Today, even without a "G-Drive," Google offers free cloud-storage for the following programs:

  • Gmail provides 7+ GB (and counting) for Gmail messages.
  • Google Docs provides 1 GB for your uploaded files, but documents created in Google Docs and converted files don't count towards your storage, but do have some unknown size limitations.
  • Picasa, Google's online photo service, provides 1 GB for photos and videos. Files under certain sizes, however, don't count towards this limit. This limit applies to photos uploaded to Picasa Web Albums and photos uploaded at original size to Google+ from the Picasa 3.9 program.
  • Google+ provides unlimited storage for photos uploaded in Google+, which are automatically resized to 2048 pixels. Videos up to 15 minutes in length are also free.

This existing free storage is specific to each product. You can't transfer storage from one service to another. In addition, Google offers free music storage and streaming from its newly launched Google Music service. It's also not well known, but Google also offers additional storage, for a fee, for heavy Gmail, Google Docs, and Picasa users. The current packages are:

  • 20 GB - $5/yr
  • 80 GB - $20/yr
  • 200 GB - $50/yr
  • 400 GB - $100/yr
  • 1 TB - $256/yr
  • 2 TB - $512/yr
  • 4 TB - $1024/yr
  • 8 TB - $2048/yr
  • 16 TB - $4096/yr

None of this, however, is the free "magical" do anything hard drive on a cloud storage that people seem to long for from Google. Will Google finally offer it? I don't know. It sounds like a good idea to me as well, but then it sounded to me like a good idea when I first heard it five plus years ago to.

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Topics: Google, CXO, Hardware, Storage

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  • RE: Will we soon see a Google cloud drive?

    And of couse with the Google privacy policy any thing you put on it will be reviewed and consolidated into a Google database.
  • RE: Will we soon see a Google cloud drive?

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  • RE: Will we soon see a Google cloud drive?

    If I already store all of my music, videos, photos, documents, mail, appointments and contacts with these Google services, what else am I am I going to store there?
  • RE: Will we soon see a Google cloud drive?

    I've been hearing about a G-Drive for quite some time..but finally gave up. I have begun transitioning my accounts over to live.com. With a windows live account, I get a better documents system that works more like real Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote. The SkyDrive gives me 25GB of storage space per account. I can host my Email there....<br><br>I have been heavily using Google products since 2003. My email has been hosted there forever, my docs, calendar...all that. But, I find myself liking the live.com experience (except for the mail part) better. Docs, SkyDrive, Calendar, even simple To Do tasks work better on live.com...I don't love the hotmail e-mail look, but since I read and send email mostly through my cell phone, iPad or email client, the webmail look doesn't really affect me. I do like that they have REAL folders for email, instead of just silly tags like in Gmail.<br><br>Missing from domain hosted email in Live.com, however is the ability to use alias domains for the same email account. I wish they would add that feature.
  • RE: Will we soon see a Google cloud drive?

    Google already makes an app called Syncdocs that turns Google Docs into a G Drive. Consolidation of mail and photos and docs would be even better.
  • Google Cloud Storage...

    Dig this...

    It's already on beta for developers.
    Madushan Siriwardena
  • RE: Will we soon see a Google cloud drive?

    What happens when someone hacks it or the lawyers step in or whatever can happen happens?
    What happens to your access to your files or the files themselves?
  • Use at your own risk.

    Like Facebook, it's a data harvesting NSA-CIA operation. You'll be wise to not place your data on the government servers.
  • i get FREE storage already

    I use ZipCloud.com http://www.zipcloud.com they offer unlimited space so all my music and photos aswell. Surprisingly they are super fast too, and run off amazon s3 .
  • Zip Cloud Chrome APP

    I just came across the ZipCloud Google Chrome App... pretty handy if you use Chrome on a regular basis : https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/klfodpelpkadbljfjgomfofdgfgcmehd
    Michael Patton