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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 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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) demoed a gadget that allows users to directly access documents from the Gmail inbox and from other Google properties as well including Google Docs.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.