Google Online Backup

We mentioned yesterday that the GDrive has not arrived, and even if it had, online storage is not online backup. However, that got us thinking… could the ability to store any type of file within Google Docs be used as the storage mechanism for an online backup system?

We’ve seen it done before… CloudBerry backs up to Amazon S3, and JungleDisk uses S3 or Rackspace Cloud Files. These applications could easily be altered to write files to Google Docs, using Google’s own List Data API.

Would it make sense to use Google Docs as your online backup solution? Consider backing up 30 GB of files with 3 common systems:

  • Mozy: $5 / month, or $54.45 / year
  • Amazon S3: $30 for CloudBerry Online Backup, followed by $0.15 / GB / month for storing the files, and $0.17 / GB to upload the data = about $90 / year
  • Google: $20 / year

This is assuming only 1 version of a file is kept; as more versions are saved, you’ll need more disk space with Amazon S3 or Google, pushing up the cost.

While we’re one of the first to scream that the recent annoucement by Google is not an online backup solution, it’s something that could be developed with a little manipulation of current systems.

What do you think? Will Google announce an online backup solution in the future? Are you willing to give them more of your information?

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8 Responses to “Google Online Backup”

  1. Carl says:

    At this point Google has soo much information on us already. Is there any point in trying to keep anything from them anymore? Tough call.

  2. Andy says:

    CloudBerry Lab is excited about Google announcements. Since we want to offer the most cost efficient product for our customers while allowing them to own their storage account we are considering to add an option to backup data to Google online storage in addition to Amazon S3. Stay tuned!

    Andy, CloudBerry Lab team

  3. Sun says:

    With the introduction of Google+, they are stating they will offer unlimited photo hosting with images up to 2048 pixels. Could be something enhanced from the current Picasa Web Albums. I haven’t used Google+ I don’t know for sure. They also stated you’d get 15 minutes of video for free. I don’t know how good the quality is, but I hope it is better than Facebook’s Video Upload.

    If you remove photos & videos from the mix of data files to backup, that could reduce a lot of backup needs for many types of consumers.

    I’m still a big fan of rsync and compression of the blocks before they are transmitted (to save transmission time on some type of files), but many don’t seem to offer either type of backup features.

  4. Dave says:

    You guys are missing the point.

    We’re now in very rapid transition to storage and use of most of our files/documents incl music, photos and videos in the cloud without downloading. Files/documents/music/photos/videos won’t be stored or used on our computers, phones, pads any more.

    Within three years, also most of our applications will also be used from the cloud. Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon are already moving strongly in that direction.

    Haven’t you wondered why HP dumped $500 million worth of TouchPads? Devices that big/heavy will be outmoded within two years!

    All we’ll have down here will be input and output. Both are still challenges- but look at this six-year old idea of goggles which both display the “computer screen” to the wearer and track his eyeballs for input to the computer:

    We have the capability now to use all such files from the web.
    We can backup all that to a different cloud drive storage system

    My gmail, contacts, calendar, documents are in Google’s cloud. They are never downloaded or stored on any computer. (Documents are limited now to the 98% of our documents which are simple and reasonably-sized because of the limitations of Google’s present simple cloud applications, and because of up/download speed limitations. I use JungleDisk for more complex documents, and my Jungle Disk is backed up to iDrive.)

    But— the “Google Backup” issue is in the “down” direction– we need to backup the cloud stuff DOWN HERE terrestrially. AlQaida continues to try to take our internet down, and it’s only a matter of time until either they do it, or we make it all so interdependent that a small glitch takes the whole thing down- remember the last east coast domino power outage- one tree branch in Wisconsin! We’d better have backup down here so we can get our personal lives and businesses up and going again “on the ground” but moreso when the internet gets back up.

  5. Richard says:

    I think once Google notices the market for online backup, which usually happens after it becomes fairly mainstream, they will defiantly try to get a share of it. The question is will they use there own platform or try to keep it “separate” from Google and buy out the competition.

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  7. Jeff W says:

    My main concern about putting everything on Google is this: what happens if I get locked out of my account? My docs, pictures, email, calendar, contacts, etc., will be lost to me forever. That’s a scary thought, IMHO. Or am I just being overly paranoid?

    What does anyone else think about getting locked out?

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