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Google cuts price of Drive cloud storage

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March 14, 2014

Google has cut the prices of its Drive cloud storage service

Google has cut the prices of its Drive cloud storage service

Following Microsoft's recent relaunch of SkyDrive as OneDrive, Google has thrown down the gauntlet in the cloud storage market by reducing the prices of its own platform. The drops are significant too.

Gizmag recently ran a cloud storage comparison guide in which, for their first increments of paid storage offered, Amazon Cloud Drive and Microsoft OneDrive were shown to offer a value of 24 GB per dollar per month. Google Drive came in just behind them at 20 GB per dollar per month. It's new price structure sees Drive improve that figure by a factor of 2.5, offering 50 GB per dollar per month.

Drive users can now receive 100 GB of storage for US$1.99 per month (previously $4.99 per month), 1 TB of storage for $9.99 per month (previously $49.99 per month) and 10+ TB starting at $99.99 per month. The amount of space offered for free stays the same, at 15 GB.

Google is clearly asserting its dominant position as cloud computing becomes more mainstream and the move is likely to force other cloud storage providers to follow suit in cutting their prices, but the extent to which it will be possible for providers with less clout behind them, like Dropbox, remains to be seen.

Source: Google

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Wow. Talk about significant cuts! I've been using a Chromebook for a while and was not looking forward to having to pay the monthly fee after my free time ran out, but it's not too bad, now.

William Anderson
15th March, 2014 @ 08:26 am PDT

MediaFire is still cheaper at 1TB at 4.99/mo and right now it's 50% off ad 2.49/mo for a TB. MediaFire has always been cheaper than the competition but no one seems to know about them.

And it was 50GB for free, now it says it's "up to 50GB" so I'm guessing you have to social-network your way up but I did nothing and I got 50GB, that's why I haven't upgraded.

Vita
19th March, 2014 @ 09:49 am PDT

I think the important issues are more than price.

If one loses one's job, does one lose one's data?

{"but then again why cater to clients who aren't going to pay for it anyway?"}

We've read that DropBox scans the files saved on its servers.

Given the commercial imperatives of the providers, can one afford to lock oneself into an online-storage strategy?

Apart from the inevitable privacy concerns, I'd just like to share my experience as a dreadful warning....

1. I lost my external drive (the biggest and best I could afford) to a power outage.

2.I recently had an E-mail from UbuntuOne saying it was closing its hosting service.

3. [Personal folder]: Free space less than 1GB.

Maximum storage of DVD-Read-ONLY-Memory - 4.1 GB.

Can one afford to put all one's eggs in one digital basket?

Dave Marks, who has a unique and irreplaceable heritage collection (3rd-Ear Music) is struggling with problems of funding and storage. His interim solution is to use a drive enclosure and fill HDs. This raises issues of drive reliability and indexing.

UbuntuCrash
20th April, 2014 @ 02:38 pm PDT
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