Posts tagged ‘gdrive’
As happens once every few months, the Gdrive rumor mill began to churn again today. This time a blogger at Search Engine Land (SEL) declared “It’s Alive”, based largely on a pretty vague comment made by Gmail Product Manager Todd Jackson in an interview with CNET.
Our take? This is a pretty big leap. The comment Jackson made could simply mean tighter integration with Google Docs and a larger file size limit. Either way, Google is scaling back its new product development so it is unclear how these goals fit into their product road map. Based partly on the research that suggests that users aren’t fully comfortable with the ad-supported services for their personal files, we think this could produce a very interesting delineation.
Like the tagline from the brilliant Christopher Guest film, there’s a good reason why some talent remains undiscovered. As much excitement and anticipation as there is around GDrive, I remain skeptical. To offer a consumer product in the way that Google does means integrated advertising, which is a scary prospect when talking about one’s personal files.
The TechCrunch crowd doesn’t appear to agree, as at last check the poll asking readers if they will use it came out at 385 yes, 72 no, and 62 who cares. There are some interesting comments, with one reader asking for an update on the original online storage gang and another who (correctly) identifies that unlimited storage to many of these companies means whatever is maintained on the host being backed up.
Its clear that there is massive pent-up demand for storage services, but I think its the right product people are waiting for, not a lightining bolt from Mountain View.
A couple of interesting posts address the needs of online storage users.
The blog author at “What I Think” posted on what he
/she [corrected per the comment below] thinks is important in the entry Online Storage: How It Should Be. Some good points, but it seems like a bit too much confidence in the as-of-yet mythical gDrive.
Also, at Doug’s Tech, Doug explains why an individual or small business might need to consider online backup, and what issues they ought to think about as they prepare to select a provider in Online Backup: From Start to Finish.