Google Drive – a new kid in the cloud!

Cloud computing makes the productivity/efficiency part of me happy

My dreams of storing, sharing and accessing data in the cloud are coming to fruition.  This morning my dear friend and colleague, Ryan Thomas, at University of Illinois alerted me to some very exciting news.

Google Apps has a new baby!  It’s Google Drive.  Sure is nice to be able to share and use Google Docs and also be able to store them in Drop-Box-like fashion on Google Drive.  Before I get too excited, it will be prudent to compare and contrast features and fine print of legal agreements for cloud products.  The following article from The Telegraph does a fine job providing a bird’s eye view of each of these products.

Price-per-gigabyte for cloud storage options

And, of course, there is security to consider.  It is begin to look like it might be safe to store some types of sensitive data in the cloud.   I’m not ready yet.  I am going to rely on IT Security expert advice from University of Illinois colleagues.  And, I would like to attend several workshops to get more information and understand details and possible ramifications of storing sensitive data on someone else’s server.

Also, there are more storage provider options.  Gizmodo recommends a cloud storage claims the Ultimate Victor is SugarSync.  I’ve never even heard of SugarSynch before today!  Check this out:   Gizmodo’s budget winner is Google User Managed Storage.  Free winner is Microsoft’s SkyDrive and your Mom’s winner is DropBox.  See chart to the left for comparison of price-per-gigabyte.

Now back to you!  I would sure love as much input as possible about cloud storage.  Help me learn more about computing in the cloud.  I am especially interested in security and legal aspects.

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