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They're $1.99 and $9.99 per month respectively

Google is heating up the online storage competition by slashing some of its Google Drive prices. 

According to Google's official blog, the company is cutting the price of its monthly 100GB plan from $4.99 to $1.99, and is majorly slashing the price of its 1TB plan from $49.99 to only $9.99 per month.

The 15GB plan remains free, while 10TB is $99.99 per month, 20TB is $199.99 per month and 30TB is $299.99 monthly. 


These are some great deals, considering Google Drive competitor Dropbox charges $9.99 per month for 100GB.  

"Having launched Google Drive just two years ago, we’re excited that so many people are now using it as their go-to place for keeping all their files," said  Scott Johnston, Director of Product Management at Google. "Today, thanks to a number of recent infrastructure improvements, we’re able to make it more affordable for you to keep everything safe and easy to reach on any device, from anywhere."

Source: Google Official Blog



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Why are people using cloud storage?
By Mitch101 on 3/13/2014 3:19:01 PM , Rating: 1
Is it for the ease of access when remote? To share space with someone for file exchange?

Personally I use an encrypted USB drive for personal files, a 3TB hard drive is integrated into my router for regular backups, and I have a USB hard drive rarely use it for secondary backup. Sure if the house burns to the ground Ill lose data but as long as I get out with my USB drive all will be fine.




RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Rukkian on 3/13/2014 3:22:45 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't been in the past, and have always just done like you, but with 100gb for $2/month, it is a great piece of mind for those files you really dont want to loose (pictures, videos, etc). While I would not use it for primary storage, it is a great backup option that is cheaper than many others out there.


RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Mitch101 on 3/13/2014 3:30:55 PM , Rating: 2
Thats seems logical offsite storage for photo backups and 100gig seems about right that's the main reason I have the drive in my router also for my music collection. $2.00 a month seems like a good logical solution for piece of mind.

What my friends and I have been considering since we all are Server Engineers is enabling FTP on each others servers and then using friends machines as offsite storage. Possibly firing up Waste or Gnutella is it that replaced waste if memory serves?


RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By amanojaku on 3/13/2014 3:46:34 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
What my friends and I have been considering since we all are Server Engineers is enabling FTP on each others servers and then using friends machines as offsite storage.
If you're all server engineers, then you should be ashamed for mentioning FTP. I'll assume that was a typo and that you meant SCP, or some other encrypted file transfer.


By Mitch101 on 3/13/2014 4:05:16 PM , Rating: 2
I mentioned firing up Waste which uses 4096bit encryption key which is also an encrypted chat application. We also talk about using port knocking before the FTP port even acknowledges the FTP port is possible. Honestly I think its all being too phobic. Like my buddy who used IPX/SPX protocol for the longest time with a proxy because he felt if a virus infected his home environment then it wouldn't be able to replicate because of the lack of TCP/IP. Although he did get a lot of us to surf the web using a virtual machine.

Im not up for wearing tinfoil hats to keep aliens from reading my brain signals just yet. FTP can be secure enough you over plan these things and then they never happen.


By StevoLincolnite on 3/14/2014 1:20:54 AM , Rating: 2
My internet provider provides me with a couple Terabytes of storage free as long as I stay as a customer.

On top of that I have 15Gb free from Microsoft.

I don't see the point in paying for this... But not everyone is in the same situation as myself, but there *are* free alternatives.


By hughlle on 3/13/2014 3:59:46 PM , Rating: 2
I use drive, but for the odd essential, such as a backup of gapps and a rom for when everything goes a bit poopoy, or for quickly sharing a handful of photo's with the gf. Other than that though, not a chance i'm using it for any real backing up. Maybe if i lived in london where they ahve fancy shiny internet, but where i live, the type of place a huge number of people also live, cloud is too much of a pain. Easier just to buy a usb hard drive and keep it in a cupboard somewhere with all the important stuff on it.


RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By amanojaku on 3/13/2014 3:41:46 PM , Rating: 2
You're speaking like a person who understands technology. Think like the average consumer. They don't want to carry around drives, plug anything in to routers, or even think about setting anything up. For many people at home and small business owners, the allure of backup and remote access to data managed by someone else is strong. I wouldn't trust it personally and I recommend businesses avoid it.


RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/13/14, Rating: -1
RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Mitch101 on 3/13/2014 4:17:38 PM , Rating: 3
Its called a copy. For critical info I have 3. On the PC, On the router drive, and with me on a USB. 4th if I plugged in my USB drive. Im sorry I have to be that descriptive for you to get it. I will get out some crayons if you need more help.

quote:
cloud services with quadzillion redundancies and data integrity protection that would make you cream your pants?

Bull especially on the consumer level and it does happen.

Amazon's Cloud Crash Disaster Permanently Destroyed Many Customers' Data
http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-lost-data-20...

Has Gmail lost YOUR emails? Glitch causes thousands of users to accidentally delete messages and report others as spam
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-254...

Google blames software update for lost Gmail data
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20037554-93.html

Consumer grade cloud services generally have NO COMMITMENT YOUR DATA IS SECURE AND BACKED UP.


RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/13/14, Rating: -1
RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Mitch101 on 3/13/2014 4:44:20 PM , Rating: 2
You like picturing something up my anus dont you? Not judging you to each their own.

But your useless a complete waste of bits and bandwidth.

I would have to drop my USB in a toilet, and have my house burn down taking out my PC and router drive, and in numerous posts I mention how I would use offsite storage as well but as you can see many people dont want thier critical data in the cloud especially consumer grade cloud services.

I deal with talking about corporate cloud services all the time and its business grade level not your dopey consumer grade level. Its very very good however in some cases they cant guarantee your data wont reside outside the states and that runs me into legal issues for user data and international encryption levels and FCC regulations but they can govern that now. So trust in cloud is increasing.

But Im sure your just posting to try and roast my nuts.


By Reclaimer77 on 3/13/2014 4:50:51 PM , Rating: 1
....wow

"Why Are People Using Cloud Storage, I Use a USB Drive"

National bestseller, by Mitch101

What's the sequel? Oh I have an idea, how about;

"Why Are People Using The Internet, I Have a Typewriter"

See how stupid your OP is now? No? Ah well what can one do.


RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Mitch101 on 3/13/2014 4:47:52 PM , Rating: 1
Cloud Computing Users Are Losing Data, Symantec Finds
Investors Business Daily
January 16, 2013 3:55 PM

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/cloud-computing-user...

Cloud computing is a ticket to losing data for two in five companies, a new study finds.

"It's really kind of astounding," said Dave Elliott, a cloud marketing manager at storage and security company Symantec (SYMC). The company polled more than 3,200 organizations to gauge hidden costs of the cloud and ways to mitigate problems.

" Forty-three percent of respondents have lost data in the cloud and have had to recover from backups ," Elliott said. And the recovery process has failed at least once for most.


RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/13/14, Rating: 0
RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By BRB29 on 3/14/2014 7:44:56 AM , Rating: 2
Many cloud services lost data. Not google.

I can tell you my employer switched to google last year. We have not lost any data so far. Not only is it faster, more convenient and simpler, it is extremely reliable.

As a personal cloud and productivity/email suite, $2/Mo is very cheap for 100GB and probably the most reliable cloud service around.


RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/14/2014 9:33:23 AM , Rating: 2
Oh I'm sure Mitch will find a link where someone somewhere lost data on Google Drive, and say you're wrong.

I've been using Google Drive for years. In my experience it beats juggling three USB drives around or whatever.


By Cheesew1z69 on 3/14/2014 9:55:16 AM , Rating: 2
Here, I'll help, YOU ARE WRONG!

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!msg/drive...

LOL!

JK :)


RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Arbie on 3/13/2014 4:51:17 PM , Rating: 3

This thread seemed pleasant enough until you got involved.


RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Mitch101 on 3/13/2014 5:06:15 PM , Rating: 3
Agreed. I just stopped replying to him hopefully that will stop his ranting.


By Reclaimer77 on 3/13/2014 5:21:38 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Agreed. I just stopped replying to him


Yeah like I haven't heard that three or four times now. How long did that "I'm quitting DT" stint last, two weeks?


RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Just Tom on 3/13/2014 5:27:22 PM , Rating: 2
Reclaimer is obnoxious but he has a point. Surely, you cannot seriously say you don't know why people use cloud storage. I am backed up completely, including a portable drive that lives in a fire-proof safe, and I still use cloud storage. Having easy, immediate access to documents is incredibly useful.


RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Mitch101 on 3/13/2014 6:00:10 PM , Rating: 2
He is trolling looking for a reaction rather than contributing to the posts. Him and I dont get a long but then he doesn't get along with many other either. For many reasons hes not doing it for the benefit of contributing to the thread. He is also very abusive to nearly everyone he posts a response to. But lets not spend any more time on him Ill be glad to answer your question.

I was curious why people were using cloud storage after all as the article indicated DropBox charges nearly $10.00 a month for what I would term as a useful amount of cloud storage. 5-20 gig to me is not useful for items you would trust in a cloud and better suited to an encrypted USB drive for backup as my keys go with me everywhere. My USB stick doesn't need internet access or a special application to access the service. I can access these files even on machines where dropbox is blocked like a server for instance. Plus my USB drive is 3.0 much faster than most peoples download and especially faster than most peoples upload speeds.

However now that Google is dropping a reasonable amount of space for $2.00 a month I have to say and I say it in many posts it is a good deal and worth the price to put your photos and music there. Even I would be tempted to throw them $12.00 a year for an offsite backup of my Photo's and Music for remote access as well. But at current dropbox prices its not worth having an offsite backup at $120.00 a year when that can buy a 3tb hard drive on newegg and never have to worry about who can get access to it because they would need the physical drive.

With a USB drive I have immediate access and its much more secure than someone guessing my password on the internet but again for $12.00 a year I might upload my photo's and music. I could also plug in my USB drive and do like you stick it in a fire case.


RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Just Tom on 3/13/2014 6:28:58 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, I know he is a troll. Heck, he can get into an argument with a mirror.

I am not discounting your method works for you, it obviously does and that is good. It just seems unlikely that you could not see the utility other people find in cloud storage.

As far as price per gig goes, well isn't that dependent on lots of things? $10 is not real money to some people, and to some people it means running out of gas.

As far as USB drives go, an awful lot of people are careless and almost nobody encrypts the files. And as far as encryption goes, you can always encrypt those files that end up on the cloud. The process is trivial.


RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/13/2014 7:23:19 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Oh, I know he is a troll.


I honestly take great offense to that. I debate the issues, I don't troll. I joke around at times, sure, but troll? No.

That was my honest reaction to his OP. It literally blew me away. That he could seriously see no value in cloud services or "get" why people use them, compared to USB drives!?

Troll? No.

quote:
It just seems unlikely that you could not see the utility other people find in cloud storage.


Exactly my point. You know we all get a little myopic at times, but Mitch really takes the cake. I've noticed on a variety of topics, he shapes the entire world based on his personal practices and experiences, and discards everything else.

Again, not trolling, just saying.


RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Just Tom on 3/13/2014 8:13:35 PM , Rating: 2
Two things: Why would the opinion of a complete stranger give you any offense, let alone great offense.

And you called me a troll simply for pointing out that your use of union would make the US a union. You cannot claim that as enlightened debate.

I agreed with your point. In fact I think I straight out said you have a valid point. Because you do.


RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Mitch101 on 3/13/2014 10:43:57 PM , Rating: 2
He has a tendency to go into attack mode before trying to get clarification. I think with me he saw my name on the post and immediately had to try and discredit it no matter what where you sought out clarification in a more tactful and productive manner.


RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/13/2014 11:11:14 PM , Rating: 2
You went from "why would anyone use cloud storage" to "oh I think at $2 Google has a hit here".

That's not clarifying, that's backpedaling. It's a completely 180 and you know it.

You can be as cute as you want, the title of this thread says how you feel pretty strongly. So were your attempts at proving cloud services are less secure than your USB sticks, the apparent Holy Grails of backup technology.


By inighthawki on 3/13/2014 11:53:18 PM , Rating: 2
Actually after reading his posts I don't get that impression at all. His original post sounds more like he's legitimately asking what people use it for. One of his replies to someone else a mere 15 minutes after his original post was:

quote:
Thats seems logical offsite storage for photo backups and 100gig seems about right that's the main reason I have the drive in my router also for my music collection. $2.00 a month seems like a good logical solution for piece of mind.


That hardly sounds like someone strongly criticizing it.

His argument with you sounds a lot more like he is arguing the advantages and disadvantages to using the cloud as a backup medium. He seems to believe that the risk involved in a local backup solution on flash drives or external drives outweighs the disadvantages of using a cloud based solution.

He's brought up a number of factors such as your information not necessarily being safe on the cloud (with cited references), privacy concerns, convenience (and availability) of the locally accessed medium, transfer speeds (since it's not uncommon to have poor internet, especially upload speeds).

It really just sounds like you're just ignoring his argument and calling him dumb.


By Mitch101 on 3/13/2014 10:21:55 PM , Rating: 2
Prior to this pricing model I couldn't see many people using it because the price was too high. But sometimes people do creative things that you just need to see or hear about. So you got to ask and I missing something here other than backup. I also got pinged from a friend of mine wondering if he could put videos in the consumer cloud storage and then somehow reference the video files so he could stream the videos but not have his hosting package go over bandwidth usage. Thats creative thinking.

I think Google has a hit at $2.00 to make it trivial. I think they should scale it too for every 100 gig $2.00 up to 10 gig this way they can get the people with say 130gig today and growing because of their digital camera and music library. Let them build some comfort in the cloud. Data storage gets cheaper all the time this makes DropBox look bad and could lead to price wars which is great. I think Google is onto something that the storage needed to hit a good amount for throw away money and your right people are lazy heck I'm lazy for not using my USB hard drive since I got the USB router with hard drive so this is a good solution for them.

I have lost my share of USB drives and have some rules of the road. NEVER get a plastic one get rubber or metal ring version no matter how cheap when on sale it will cost you more if you lose it so spend the extra to get one that wont break free. Work requires we use encrypted USB drives so if you plug in a non encrypted one it will never mount. I only have the house key, car key, and keyfob on it so weight on the USB is not an issue.


By Spuke on 3/13/2014 4:25:33 PM , Rating: 2
LMAO!


RE: Why are people using cloud storage?
By retrospooty on 3/13/2014 4:08:47 PM , Rating: 1
"Is it for the ease of access when remote? To share space with someone for file exchange?"

Yes and yes, and also highly useful to share files with yourself from work to home to phone to tablet. I put all my files and utilities and sevearal other things I work with alot on Google drive and have it available to me wherever I go. Nothing confidential, just useful stuff.


By Mitch101 on 3/13/2014 4:22:56 PM , Rating: 2
It makes sense. I know a lot of people that use Dropbox for that which is what this seems to be targeting.

For $2.00 I think its a win. Its at the right price point for people to say why not. I think its safe to assume most people have more than 15gig of pictures and music but might have less than 100gig less in Photos and Music and $2.00 for an offsite backup is throw away money you almost have to do it.

If Google implements a de-dupe because most music uploaded will be duplicate then even better for them to cut down on space.


Can't do it
By deltaend on 3/13/2014 3:34:10 PM , Rating: 2
The cheaper and more available these services get, the more I see Google morph from a beloved friend to a monster who is hungry for all my data. Hack Google and you can know, pretty much everything about me. NSA gets a backdoor into Google and suddenly they also know everything about me... and my clients... and the clients of my clients, etc.

And we thought that Facebook was bad.




RE: Can't do it
By Cheesew1z69 on 3/13/2014 3:52:33 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
NSA gets a backdoor into Google and suddenly they also know everything about me... and my clients... and the clients of my clients, etc.
As if they don't already? You can't be this naive?


RE: Can't do it
By fic2 on 3/13/2014 4:07:25 PM , Rating: 2
It's cute that you still think the NSA doesn't already know everything about you...


RE: Can't do it
By Reclaimer77 on 3/13/2014 7:40:04 PM , Rating: 2
You're worried about Google Drive backdoors when the NSA is all up in your Windows installation and every byte that goes through your ISP..


RE: Can't do it
By deltaend on 3/14/2014 4:21:04 PM , Rating: 2
Who says I'm using Windows? Who says that NSA actually has a backdoor into any Windows install? Who says that my data is un-encrypted when I'm running on the web or transferring files to my servers?

All of those would be a lot of places to look for data and you would have to combat multiple levels of encryption and difficulties to get data regarding me. If I used Google Drive for storage though, it would be a one-stop shop.


Still Can't Use
By DaveLessnau on 3/13/2014 3:23:45 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't matter how cheap it becomes. If our data still sits un-encrypted and insecure on their servers, it's of no use. I'll have to keep using SpiderOak until Google (or just about any other cloud service) secures the data.




RE: Still Can't Use
By Spuke on 3/13/2014 3:43:28 PM , Rating: 4
Post a link that states that Google's servers are unencrypted and insecure please, thanks.


RE: Still Can't Use
RE: Still Can't Use
Needs more options
By frelled on 3/13/2014 3:41:15 PM , Rating: 2
I really wish they had a 200GB plan for 2.99 or a 500gb plan for 4.99. I would sign up for those prices. I really only have about 150GB of pictures and music I would like to store/share online. $10 dollars a month adds up to too much a year for my needs.




finally....
By zodiacfml on 3/14/2014 5:22:55 AM , Rating: 2
after increasing the rate just a year ago....which I find unreasonable.




Hmmm
By SDBud on 3/14/2014 5:42:59 AM , Rating: 2

How long would it take me to file a TB with an upload speed of 1Mbps?

<sigh>




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