This is a rather large cloud announcement

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While they’re not saying what the total amount of file space they’ll provide each user, Google has just announced that they’re rolling out the ability to store any file of 250MB or less on Google Docs. On the Google Blog, they say it this way:

“Over the next few weeks, we’re rolling out the ability to upload all file types to the cloud through Google Docs,”

This is a rather large thing they are announcing if you consider “the cloud” is that mythical place where we all one day will be storing all of our digital data. Who becomes our primary portal to the cloud (“stairway to heaven”) is going to be our lynchpin to lots of stuff we do.

Hardcore geeks already have several such connections to the cloud. For example, a business like Hammock has its own and hosted servers for doing all sorts of back up and file transfer and web hosting activities. We also use everything from Amazon web services to RackSpace to DropBox to MobileMe for different cloud activities.

However, with Google entering the arena of file hosting for consumers (and small businesses), it places them in a space with Apple and its MobileMe service (not one of its easiest products to explain).

What this likely points to is a future where your Android powered slate computer is fully synching with your Google docs account — music, movies, the whole ball of data.

Frankly, it’s all sorta there already.

It just needs to get easier to understand for real people and not just geeks.

P.S. This also points to the knowledge by Google that Apple’s iSlate will have all sorts of cloud-synching abilities wired into the product.

Bottom line: Hang around to see if two’s a crowd on my cloud.

Update: On yet another Google Blog, The Google Docs Blog, they do go into the pricing:

“You’ll have 1 GB of free storage for files you don’t convert into one of the Google Docs formats (i.e. Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations), and if you need more space, you can buy additional storage for $0.25 per GB per year.”

  • That is some seriously competitive pricing. I wonder how it will effect the field. To store 100 GB, that's just $25 a year at Google. Amazon's S3 service charges $15 a MONTH for 100 GB.

    Apple's MobileMe offers just 20 GB for your $99 annual fee and extra space is another $49 to hit 40 GB or $99 for a total of 60 GB. That's $198 for 60 GB versus $15 for a year for the same space at Google.

  • Very important point. I'll continue to say — competition is a good thing. If Google wants to play Southwest Airlines for server space — and force everyone else to squeeze their margins, I'm not going to complain.

  • That is some seriously competitive pricing. I wonder how it will effect the field. To store 100 GB, that's just $25 a year at Google. Amazon's S3 service charges $15 a MONTH for 100 GB.

    Apple's MobileMe offers just 20 GB for your $99 annual fee and extra space is another $49 to hit 40 GB or $99 for a total of 60 GB. That's $198 for 60 GB versus $15 for a year for the same space at Google.

  • Very important point. I'll continue to say — competition is a good thing. If Google wants to play Southwest Airlines for server space — and force everyone else to squeeze their margins, I'm not going to complain.