Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Google Ups The Pay Storage While Lowering The Cost

This is a clearly visible sign that the cost of storage has continued to decline. While Google gives you a lot of storage to begin with, some people keep a lot of files/photos/attachments in the 'cloud'. I hope this is some sort of prelude to the mythical GDrive (Google's online file storage service), but there is no real indication that is coming any soon. To buy extra storage if you need it, log into your Google account and head to If you do not, or are on the cusp, I would hold off. You can always buy it later, and if you can hold out long enough the prices may drop again.

"While the cost of hard drive storage has continued to drop in these two years, we've also been working hard to improve our infrastructure to reduce your costs even further. Today we're dramatically lowering our prices to make extra storage even more affordable. You can now buy 20 GB for only $5 a year — that's twice as much storage for a quarter of the old price, and enough space for more than 10,000 full resolution pictures taken with a five megapixel camera. Since most people have less than 10 GB of photos, chances are you can now save all your memories online for a year for the cost of a triple mocha. If you need more than 20 GB, plans range all the way up to 16 TB, which is enough room for 8 million full resolution photos! And Google paid storage offers an extra level of security, protection and accessibility that you can't get with an external drive — at a similar cost per gigabyte."

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