Google Docs recently added support for file uploads of any type, as opposed to just standard text documents, presentations, and spreadsheets.
As an “online file storage guru,” I am always checking out new services and approaches to storing files safely and securely in the cloud. My life basically exists in the cloud – I don’t keep anything local that I don’t have to.
I currently use Amazon S3 and Box.net for all of my online file storage needs, but seeing that Google is my hub for email, document editing, calendars, SMS, and more – it might make sense to also store my files with them.
It also makes sharing easier, since many of my friends and family use Google services, and already have an account – so passing large files between individuals could be less technically-involved.
The pricing looks amazing, compared to S3 and Box:
With Box, I pay $10/month ($120/year) for 15 GB. With S3, it’s about $12/month (~ $150/year) for 40 GB currently stored. Both services have their own strengths and weaknesses for user interface, file sharing features, etc.
Google’s basic 20 GB plan blows both Box and S3 out of the water, at a measly $5 per year. Per year?? What!? How is that even possible?
It’s safe to say I may be considering switching services, after I see how the user interface and extra features compare with Box and S3. Box offers some interesting sharing/privileges features, and S3 allows for distributed file retrieval with their CloudFront service.
The online storage wars are heating up again.