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The Much Awaited GDrive

January 26th, 2009

It’s been years since the speculation about GDrive spread on the internet, but lately more compelling evidence about Google really digging into Online Storage surfaced. As we all know, Microsoft has SkyDrive and Apple has Mobile Me and Google has been reportedly eyeing for the same service with a twist that Gdrive will act as any other hard drive attached to your computer. GDrive service may also provide anyone (who trusts Google) a universally accessible network share that spans across operating systems.

One year ago, some interesting details were accidentally revealed in a Google presentation. It says;

With infinite storage, we can house all user files, including: emails, web history, pictures, bookmarks, etc and make it accessible from anywhere (any device, any platform, etc).

We already have efforts in this direction in terms of GDrive, GDS, Lighthouse, but all of them face bandwidth and storage constraints today. For example: Firefox team is working on server side stored state but they want to store only URLs rather than complete web pages for storage reasons. This theme will help us make the client less important (thin client, thick server model) which suits our strength vis-a-vis Microsoft and is also of great value to the user.

As we move toward the “Store 100%” reality, the online copy of your data will become your Golden Copy and your local-machine copy serves more like a cache. An important implication of this theme is that we can make your online copy more secure than it would be on your own machine.

Another important implication of this theme is that storing 100% of a user’s data makes each piece of data more valuable because it can be access across applications. For example: a user’s Orkut profile has more value when it’s accessible from Gmail (as addressbook), Lighthouse (as access list).

The latest statement about Google offering Online Storage service comes from Wall Street Journal.

Google is preparing a service that would let users store on its computers essentially all of the files they might keep on their personal-computer hard drives — such as word-processing documents, digital music, video clips and images, say people familiar with the matter. The service could let users access their files via the Internet from different computers and mobile devices when they sign on with a password, and share them online with friends. It could be released as early as a few months from now, one of the people said.

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