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#1 OFFLINE   Drucifer

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 12:36 PM

Google Cuts Price of Drive Cloud Storage
 

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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.

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#2 OFFLINE   phrelin

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 03:21 PM

I'm not comfortable with the idea of "cheapness" as a criteria for a cloud server service. There are just too many potential political and social issues. Here's the kind of criteria that will go into the development of economically competitive cloud server sites:

  1. Large volumes of cheap electricity. The reason is obvious.
  2. Proximity to rivers and lakes. They use a large amount of water for cooling purposes.
  3. Large areas of land. Allows for more privacy and security.
  4. Tax incentives. This allows you to help pay for their development - what corporation wouldn't want that.
  5. Access to technically-trained personnel at modest wages. As prices drop, this will, of course, be in Silicon Valley or close proximity to Puget Sound. :sure:

There's much BS about things like focus on renewable power sources. I call it BS because there is a finite quantity of reliable power available at any one time and if you want the cheapest the solution is to appear to be in an area that is served by "green" energy then buy the cheapest leaving others to carry the cost of being green.

 

And then in 2011 we learned:
 

At the Office 365 launch, Microsoft U.K.'s managing director Gordon Frazer, gave the first admission that cloud data, regardless of where it is in the world, is not protected against the Patriot Act Act.

 

After a year of researching the Patriot Act's breadth and ability to access data held within protected EU boundaries, Microsoft was the first cloud provider to openly admit it.

 

 

But hey, another few cheap terabyte here and there, and pretty soon you've got some real data for the government to wade through.


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#3 OFFLINE   kaminar

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 03:52 PM

Large volumes of cheap electricity. The reason is obvious.

 

Cheap Electric + Open Air Cooling..available now at big data centers in NC and Ireland :)

 

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 04:53 PM

Yep, I live about 30-40 miles from 3 or 4 of the largest, newest from Apple, Google & others.

 

Google earth 'Apple Data Center, NC' or 'Google data center, NC'



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 05:24 PM

I'm kind of a skeptic about the reliability of the Open Air Cooling model. And IMHO whether its water or air, the heat generated is ultimately shifted to the environment which over the long run, as the number of servers expands exponentially, is going to have a cumulative impact on the environment. But what do I know....rolleyes.gif


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#6 OFFLINE   Drucifer

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 11:12 PM

Just read Virgin is also getting into the cloud biz.

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