Google's Gdrive, or Something a Little More Subtle

According to a leaked prototype page, Google's unlimited storage service is getting closer to release. The page claims Justin Rosenstein is the author. Justin is the product manager for Google Page Creator. The page also claims that Google's storage will let you to backup, sync, VPN0less access, Publish, Share, Collaborate, Disconnected Access and Local IO Speeds:

  • Backup. If you lose your computer, grab a new one and reinstall Platypus. Your files will be on your new machine in minutes.
  • Sync. Keep all your machines synchronized, even if they run different operating systems.
  • VPN-less access. Not at a Google computer? View your files on the web at
  • Publish. All of the files you store on Platypus are automatically accessible from the (corporate) web.
  • Share. Other Googlers can mount your Platypus folders and open your files in read-only mode.
  • Collaborate. Create shared spaces to which multiple Googlers can write.
  • Disconnected access. On the plane? VPN broken? All your files are still accessible.
  • Local IO speeds. Open and save as quickly as you could if you were accessing them from your C: drive.
However, upon closer examination of the screenshot and its text, some of the hidden commentary in the original site indicates that project codename Platypus appears to be an internal version of Gdrive that Google is testing out with its own employees. Originally run on the private Intranet domain, Platypus appears to be a version of the final Gdrive service with enhanced Google employee-only features, such as VPN bypass through the domain should the user not be at a "Google computer." Details of the public version of Gdrive are still scarce at this time, but Google has said before that it plans to offer users the ability to store all their files for easy access.

Google aims to have Gdrive be a secure method of backup for many users. Gdrive users will be able to sync files from their computers to online copies stored on Google's own data centers. Users will be able to choose what files are synced and data is then kept "live" -- changes made locally are immediately reflected to the remote copies. Google is also touting that users will be able to collaborate with other Gdrive or Google account holders. Shared spaces can be created so that certain files can be shared, or worked on together by more than one user. At this stage, it is still unclear whether all of the above features will make it into the final public release as it appears the current version is geared towards Google corporate use.

News source: DailyTech

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