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16 TB Cloud Drive from Google Costs $4.1K/Year

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Google is offering cloud drives with capacities up to 16 TB.

Did you know that Google actually sells online storage? Apparently, the company has sold virtual space in the cloud for over two years, allowing consumers to pay a yearly fee to store data. The idea does seem enticing, removing valuable pictures off the hard drive and into a space backed by Google's guarantee.

"People today have more personal data online than ever before," the company wrote in an announcement yesterday. "More and more people are starting to move the bulk of their data off the desktop and into servers "in the cloud," where it's accessible from any computer or mobile device and easily shareable with friends and family."

According to Google, the company is lowering the price of its cloud drives, allowing consumers to purchase 20 GB for $5 USD a year. Google is also providing larger capacities, ranging from 80 GB to a freakish 16 TB. That's right: 16 terabytes of virtual storage for a whopping mind-blowing $4,096 USD a year. That's no joke. Google's 8 TB cloud drive only costs a mere $2,048 per year. that's not chump change.

Currently Gmail (7 GB) and Picasa Web Album (1 GB) users already get free storage, however the purchased drives acts like an overflow; the free space essentially gives customers a few GB more storage for the same price. The cloud drives also seem locked to either Gmail or Picasa Web Album, keeping the content focused on images rather than whatever consumers want to upload.

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    nicklasd87 , November 11, 2009 8:24 PM
    I wonder what effect metered internet usage will have on this...
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    ethanolson , November 11, 2009 8:36 PM
    "More and more people are starting to move the bulk of their data off the desktop and into servers "in the cloud," where it's accessible from any computer or mobile device and easily shareable with friends and family."

    Um... I've moved in the opposite direction.
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    xaira , November 11, 2009 8:40 PM
    i dont trust the clod, that sidekick incident was warning enough
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    nicklasd87 , November 11, 2009 8:24 PM
    I wonder what effect metered internet usage will have on this...
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    shuffman37 , November 11, 2009 8:31 PM
    Interesting idea. I would enjoy having a virtual hard drive to use over the inernet. Just like a partition on a HDD but online on someone's server.
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    konenavi , November 11, 2009 8:33 PM
    None for me, as far as I know Cox in Phoenix hasn't enabled any bandwidth limitations. If they had I would know by now.
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    ryanjm , November 11, 2009 8:36 PM
    Yeah but the question is, will they care if I upload my massive porn collection and watch streaming video of gangbangs?
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    ethanolson , November 11, 2009 8:36 PM
    "More and more people are starting to move the bulk of their data off the desktop and into servers "in the cloud," where it's accessible from any computer or mobile device and easily shareable with friends and family."

    Um... I've moved in the opposite direction.
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    ethanolson , November 11, 2009 8:38 PM
    ryanjmYeah but the question is, will they care if I upload my massive porn collection and watch streaming video of gangbangs?


    I'll care if your habits cost me money (e.g. the carrier or storage provider ups rates because of overall/average usage).
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    xaira , November 11, 2009 8:40 PM
    i dont trust the clod, that sidekick incident was warning enough
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    wood1291 , November 11, 2009 8:57 PM
    dood i just bought a 24tb sata nas with 3 years next day for less than 9k. thats way better than havin google hold my junk.
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    shuffman37 , November 11, 2009 9:00 PM
    I wouldn't put any incriminating files on the online storage but for normal stuff like music or photo collections it would make a mobile file sharing system. Much easier than Emailing myself files everywhere I go.
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    fuser , November 11, 2009 9:00 PM
    "16 TB Cloud Drive from Google Costs $4.1K/Year"

    Actually, it costs $4.0K/Year, since $4.00 * 1024 = $4096.00.
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    sucre , November 11, 2009 9:03 PM
    Seriously, you can throw together your own fully redundant raid system with the same specs for considerably less, even after you factor in electricity usage. A RAID-5 box that connects to eSATA is 300 on the cheap. Add 8x2TB for 1360 (170 ea) and you have yourself 16 terabytes of storage for initial cost of around 1750 after shipping, and it will use maybe $100-200 electricity per year.

    Savings through 5 years (assuming one hard drive failure per year): about $16,000. Can I be paid my savings in SmartCars please?
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    tayb , November 11, 2009 9:03 PM
    I don't get it. I can buy a 2TB HDD for $180 from newegg. I could have about 45 TB of hard drive space to own instead of leasing 16TB from google for a year... And I would get to store things besides photos...

    Why would I do this? At all?
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    ksenter , November 11, 2009 9:03 PM
    xairai dont trust the clod, that sidekick incident was warning enough


    I agree, especially after the mass deletion of gmail emails a couple years ago. I'll backup my own files, thanks. Just gotta make sure that you keep a backup offsite in case of fire or whatever... But yeah I'm a control freak sometimes.

    My question is, did I read that right, the cloud storage is locked to either gmail or picasa? Who could possibly want 16TB of emails and pictures? For 16TB I'd expect database hosting or web/ftp hosting or maybe network drive mapping with file/directory level security restrictions... Dunno, maybe I'm missing something.
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    enzo matrix , November 11, 2009 9:12 PM
    I'm not a fan of the idea. I like to know exactly what my data is stored on. ie 2x2TB WD HDDs in raid 1
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    whirlednews , November 11, 2009 9:13 PM
    20GB for $5 a year seems pretty reasonable for someone who wants to back up pictures/files at an offsite location, not sure about security though.
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    matt87_50 , November 11, 2009 9:16 PM
    lol, only Google would charge in powers of 2. I assume this price includes ALOT of bandwidth too? 4k seems a ripoff otherwise. I'm sure you could build your own raid array with 16TB of redundant space, and power it for a year for less than 4k.
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    buckcm , November 11, 2009 9:18 PM
    If you had a 1 megabyte upload (8 megabits), it would take you 6 months to upload 16 TB of storage.
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    Camikazi , November 11, 2009 9:22 PM
    fuser"16 TB Cloud Drive from Google Costs $4.1K/Year"Actually, it costs $4.0K/Year, since $4.00 * 1024 = $4096.00.

    Yes cause money and data are measured the same way :p 
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    Camikazi , November 11, 2009 9:23 PM
    taybI don't get it. I can buy a 2TB HDD for $180 from newegg. I could have about 45 TB of hard drive space to own instead of leasing 16TB from google for a year... And I would get to store things besides photos...Why would I do this? At all?

    Space to setup and store it, the electricity needed to run them at home, the cost of the case and controllers needed to actually connect all of those. It takes a lot more then just 4k worth of drives to make them usable.
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    Anonymous , November 11, 2009 9:28 PM
    OK, so I can:
    1) Upload my data to Google. Google will sell my data and internet usage stats for profit. Google may or may not protect my data from intruders, but will certainly have a line in the contract absolving them of any liability for theft of my data. Google will charge me upwards of $4000 a year for 16TB of data, which will no doubt increase as time passes. Google will lock me out of my own data if I am late on payments. OR
    2) Purchase forty 1TB hard drives for about $4000. Put those 40 drives in RAID1, yielding 20TB worth of data with a failsafe against data loss. These drives will last 5+ years with a statistically insignificant increase to my electricity bill. The data on these drives will be in my possession and no one can lock me out of it.
    WHY WOULD ANYONE BUY THIS CRAP???
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