Rumor: Google to launch cloud storage service?

Google could be getting ready to offer up its own cloud-based storage service. That's the word, anyway, from The Wall Street Journal, who reports via unnamed sources that Google's cloud storage business will use the name Drive. Google could launch Drive "in the coming weeks or months."

Google's Drive service would be similar to Dropbox or Microsoft's Skydrive, including offering a certain amount of storage space for documents and other content for free and charging customers if they wanted a larger amount of cloud drive space. It would be a part of the company's Google Apps line up of online software services. The story claims that Google is aiming to price its services below that of Dropbox.

Interestingly, the article claims that Google could have launched a cloud storage business several years ago. It says that Google co-founder Larry Page worked with a team to develop what was then called "G Drive". While the plan was to launch "G Drive" in late 2007, Google never followed through on those plans.

2007 also when Dropbox was founded. Since then the company has become the leader in online cloud storage services with over 45 million users. Microsoft's Skydrive and Apple's recent iCloud services have since been launched to offer much of the same features as Dropbox.

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This is known for ages.
Reverences to GDrive (google drive) appeared in Chromium source code towards the end of last summer and they have being using it internally for quiet some time.
This became more obvious in October when instead of giving a 105 server error https://drive.google.com switched to a 404 error for users outside Google offices. This is uber weird when you compare it to the support page https://drive.google.com/support

http://i.imgur.com/HHpSD.jpg

view the source code to the page I've given and you can clearly see the whole thing has being in development for years and is live to certain individuals.

Something else worth checking to get an idea of the different areas http://drive.google.com/robots.txt

I don't know, I sure enjoy encrypting 900GB of data and posting it to newsgroups every three years for my makeshift "free' storage solution.

Anyone else have concerns about storing EVERYTHING with Google?
The convenience is hard to resist and familiarity breeds contempt.

Hahaiah said,
I don't know, I sure enjoy encrypting 900GB of data and posting it to newsgroups every three years for my makeshift "free' storage solution.

Anyone else have concerns about storing EVERYTHING with Google?
The convenience is hard to resist and familiarity breeds contempt.

If you are really concerned you can encrypt the data you store on Google.

"Microsoft's Skydrive and Apple's recent iCloud services have since been launched to offer much of the same features as Dropbox." Well, the whole thing about Dropbox is the integration with the computer. For SkyDrive, were not getting that until Windows 8, as right now Microsoft's, "integrated," cloud storage is Live Mesh. (The fact that SkyDrive is taking its place is one of the awesome things about Win 8, BTW.) However, if you install Gladinet Cloud Desktop...

Morden said,
never would store my content at Google

Scaremongering much? I'd feel just as happy put my file there as well as SkyDrive, most of the targeted ad stuff can be opted out of.

thealexweb said,

Scaremongering much? I'd feel just as happy put my file there as well as SkyDrive, most of the targeted ad stuff can be opted out of.

not scaremongering: Google is a data mining company, Microsoft isn't

I've never seen the reason for Google to do this other than locking in users. It's not like Google are going to get a lot of info from users who upload lots of random files. Music perhaps, pictures no need. Docs, already done.

It would just be a waste of resources as they have little to gain from it. Having something for music, docs, photos, picasa, G+.

It's all there already, controlled and set up to data mine. You just have to look at Picasa to see how uninterested they are on big storage that they don't get a lot of info from.

I lost count how many times i've read about this Google Drive thing become a reality soon, but soon never comes.
Thing is, unless they kick *** in simplicity for average user, options for power users and/or ammount of free storage space, people wont leave their product of choice, and this comes from a Google fan...

It's not all about getting users to switch service - there will be a large number of users with Google accounts that they set up with their android phones who don't use any sort of cloud based storage at the moment.
Google will be trying to get these users locked in before they start using an alternative...

S_Herbie said,
It's not all about getting users to switch service - there will be a large number of users with Google accounts that they set up with their android phones who don't use any sort of cloud based storage at the moment.
Google will be trying to get these users locked in before they start using an alternative...

I'm kind of in a similar situation. I don't really need/use cloud storage that often but I do use an Android file manager that lets me transfer items wirelessly. I'd happily jump ship and use a native cloud storage app/integration if done correctly. Hopefully it'll be integrated at a base level and won't exclusively require their own app to function.

Simon- said,
Remember X Drive back in the early 2000s?
Exactly the same thing, now it is all the craze again!

I thought that was a great idea back then, sadly broadband didn't really exist in the UK then and uploading at 2kb a second was horrible!

Simon- said,
Remember X Drive back in the early 2000s?
Exactly the same thing, now it is all the craze again!

Yes, they lost my college portfolio, deleting it because in addition to source, I had compiled copies.
They gave me a $10 amazon gift certificate.