Google motors into cloud storage with Drive
Google has thrown its hat into the cloud storage ring with the long-expected launch of Google Drive, a web based vault integrated with Google Docs that enables sharing and collaboration online.
“Whether you’re working with a pal on a joint research project, planning a marriage along with your fiancé or tracking the cheap with roommates, you are able to do it in Drive. You may upload and access all your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond,” said Google in a blog posting .
Everyone gets 5GB of storage without cost, but there are paid options for the info-hungry. An upgrade to 25GB costs $2.49 a month, rising to $4.99 for 100GB and $44.95 for a terabyte. All paid plan subscribers also see their Gmail storage allocation rise to 25GB, that may prove handy for corporate customers.
To keep a handle on all of the files chucked online, Google is promising its search tools will make finding that embarrassing photo or corporate document really easy. The Chocolate Factory is even building in optical character recognition to scan noon-text documents for keywords, even though it isn’t saying is how closely that technology resembles that it uses to serve up ads in its non-paid services.
Google’s announcement is bad news for established specialists within the field like DropBox, let alone Microsoft’s SkyDrive service and Apple’s iCloud. While 5Gb is not the best deal that you can purchase, Google has got an extended history of disruption within the area. The degrees of storage it offered on Gmail shook up the e-mail market and the corporate probably tempted to take a look at an analogous strategy for Drive. ®