Earlier today Google announced its foray into the cloud storage world with the introduction of Google Drive. No, it wasn’t too much of a surprise, considering we’ve heard half of a dozen rumors from half of a dozen “people familiar with the matter”. What it offered wasn’t too much of a surprise either; the 5GB of free storage for storing documents and other various files. The kicker is how Google will be taking down the competition: 100GB of storage for only $5 a month.
The biggest competitor is Dropbox, but considering their 100GB plan is $20 a month, this is a downright steal. Hell, Google even beats their 50GB option, which goes for $10 a month. We all know that Google has a strong network too, so reliability shouldn’t be an issue.
I’m not a fan of cloud storage, and don’t use it often. In most scenarios, it’s just more convenient for me to use local storage, or even a USB flash drive. Uploading something to the cloud is almost an inconvenience in my mind, something many of my colleagues disagree with. It isn’t a lack of storage for me, either. The guys over at SugarSync were kind enough to give me 25GB of free storage for a year a few months back, but I have only used it a few times.
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