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Google offering up to 16TB of Cloud Storage



clouds1What does 16TB of web-accessible storage look like? In my current setup, it would look like 32 NAS enclosures (yeah, I need to upgrade that) wired to 8 routers and plugged into 5 power blocks with backup batteries. But if I bought that from Google, it would look like $4,096 a year.

Yes, Google’s dropped their prices and uppped their limits on web storage. Now, for a mere 25¢ per GB, you can store up to 16TB of data on their mighty, mighty servers. Sounds pricey when you look at it in big chunks, like $256 for 1TB, but when I consider the cost in space, equipment and electricity if I tried to set up 16TB at home, it sounds reasonable enough.

One caveat: Google’s paid storage applies specifically to upgrading the free storage of Gmail and Picasa web albums. You could save almost anything there by emailing the file to yourself, but I think it would be most worthwhile if you take a lot of photos and video at high resolution. Regardless, more storage at lower prices is always welcome news.



  1. Gavin Miller

    11/11/2009 at 1:01 pm

    You’d possibly need to leave your PC on overnight to upload th 16TB. ;-)

  2. GoodThings2Life

    11/11/2009 at 7:20 pm

    This is great as long as you don’t mind the potential privacy and security implications of storing your data with Google. But hey, it’s your data to do with as you please. If you have a use for it and don’t care, sure, why not?

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