Google Set To Launch Online Storage Solution At I/O

Apart from Froyo and Google TV, the search engine is rumoured to be finally launching its own online storage service at a developer event that starts today in San Francisco.

Google Storage for developers as it is tentatively known, may turn up to be a potent challenger to Amazon S3 and existing rivals such as Carbonite, Dropbox or Box.net. Of course, the move comes days after Microsoft tied its online Windows Live services to its mammoth 25GB Skydrive service.

Google is rumoured to facilitate migration from S3 to Google Storage (or GS) and it is likely that developers will be encouraged to provide with end users storage services.

Since Google runs its own data centres and a significant portion of everything between these and the end user, one can expect wholesale prices to be similar if not slightly lower than Amazon.

Techcrunch also understands that a REST API, data redundancy, a web interface and the ability to use Google accounts to authenticate downloads will be on the table.

One can expect it to be a more sturdy version of its existing Google Apps storage solution where you can already upload all kinds of files. GS may end up with no file size limitations, a robust SLA and more advanced features.

Interestingly, Google demoed a Box.net gadget that allows users to directly access documents from the Gmail inbox and from other Google properties as well including Google Docs.