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Monday, July 10, 2006

Google File Storage – Codenamed "Platypus" (GDrive)

Posted by @ 8:52 pm

Speculation of Google’s free file storage system labeled “GDrive” has been abundant for months. However, a discovery by a curious blogger suggests Google’s GDrive is definitely getting closer to reality.

The blogger uncovered the code for the new file storage system – codenamed “Platypus (GDrive)”. Based on the webpage containing the GDrive plans, it would appear the new service will be available for Macs and Linux machines, as well as PCs.

Users will be able to download an application which will allow them to store files and upload them to a secure server. The webpage provided details of the service offerings including the following feature list:

All files uploaded to the GDrive will be routinely backed, so that hardware failures won’t necessary lead to a loss of data or information. Simply download the application on a new machine and your data will be available again.

Similar to other portable devices that you might synchronize with your computer, GDrive is designed to automatically update when you connect to the net, even if you are running different operating systems.

Secure Web Access
If you find yourself in a position where you don’t have access to your Google ready computer, then you can access all your files via a secure website.

Collaborate with Others
The ability to create shared workspaces will help make GDrive a great tool for companies. Such workspaces will allow multiple users to write/save and read from a common location.

So with a strong feature set planned for the new GDrive service, Google has laid the gauntlet down to all the other company’s looking to establish themselves in the file and data storage market. And rest assured there are many. Microsoft announced its plans for “Live Drive” back in April and Amazon has been talking about S3, which would appear to be more focused on the commercial market.

Currently no dates have been set for GDrive’s launch, but the level of interest in the file storage market, the pressure is on for Google to release its new service ahead of the pack.

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Discussion (3 - comments)

My school has some think like this on ther pc when you go to shut down it sends all the new data to a secure server so it ses and i can acess the stuff from any ware on any pc so is that what you meen.

By - July 11, 2006

That’s right. It means other people who don’t have a similar system available can store data and files on a secure server and access them from other computers.

By Rene LeMerle - July 13, 2006

I have been an enthusiastic DriveHQ user for almost 2 years. Their service is great!

All GDrive features are long available and better on Visit and watch the demo.

# Backup. DriveHQ Online Backup works great. It has a lot of high-end features, much better than GDrive, including versioning, scheduled backup, encrypted storage, compressed upload, incremental backup and resuming, etc.

# Sync. DriveHQ FileManager can sync multiple PCs, multiple user accounts.

# VPN-less access. You can access your data from anywhere using a web browser, any FTP client, or DriveHQ Cline software, or SMTP/POP3 email with Outlook!

# Collaborate. DriveHQ Group Account service is a true enterprise class collaboration platform. You can easily share folders to different people with different access rights. DriveHQ Group Account owner / admin can create/manage/delete sub-accounts.

# Disconnected access. On the plane? VPN broken? All your files are still accessible as DriveHQ FileManager can cache the data for offline access! DriveHQ even offers SMTP/POP3 emails for offline Outlook access with unlimited email storage!

DriveHQ offers basic service for free. So why the hype and why the wait? Sign up at:

By Sam - August 19, 2007

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