Google GDrive Makes the Network Your Computer

6 comments

A powerpoint presentation from Google Analyst Day gives some insight into Google's strategy for the future, which, as you might expect, centers largely around having users store all their data on the Google network. The comments in the post at Greg Linden's blog have some interesting notes from the powerpoint presentation:

Theme 2: Store 100% of User Data
With infinite storage, we can house all user files, including: emails, web history, pictures, bookmarks, etc and make it accessible from anywhere (any device, any platform, etc).
We already have efforts in this direction in terms of GDrive, GDS, Lighthouse, but all of them face bandwidth and storage constraints today. For example: Firefox team is working on server side stored state but they want to store only URLs rather than complete web pages for storage reasons. This theme will help us make the client less important (thin client, thick server model) which suits our strength vis-a-vis Microsoft and is also of great value to the user.
As we move toward the "Store 100%" reality, the online copy of your data will become your Golden Copy and your local-machine copy serves more like a cache. An important implication of this theme is that we can make your online copy more secure than it would be on your own machine.

In another post Greg Linden asks what Lighthouse is, the answer to which still seems a bit uncertain. A commenter suggested it could be related to another information retrieval system by the same name [pdf].

Comments

All your data are belong to us

Wow!!! Who would relinquish all of their data to the plex?? Records of everything, every email, every banking transaction, bill payment and trust them that it was more secure than their own PC?

Would you let all your business documents reside there?

Sounds like so many science fiction novels taken to the limit. Seems big daddy is just a euphemism for big brother.

I want some of whatever they are smoking at the plex.

Cold Day In Hell

This is about as idiotic as the Web Accelerator solving problems that didn't exist.

If people really buy into this and start using Google to store all their data I'm gonna fire up a website called BuyTheBrooklynBridgeOnline.com and make a huge fortune.

not true

Quote:
An important implication of this theme is that we can make your online copy more secure than it would be on your own machine.

Absolutely not true. If they actually do what they say they "can" do, security will still rely on a whole mess of people (users especially) plus interconnected systems etc... far less secure than my own systems.

Thank you Mom for caring about us so much, but we are growed up now and can do some things for ourselves, ok?

Yes

Lets host all our data with a company that can't even keep their e-mail service up all day.

history reminder

Let's all remember:

1. Google's stellar history with regard to security in their product releases.

2. Google's habit of referring to everything as being in Beta.

3. Google's preference for downplaying all security holes discovered by others as being "a minor glitch".

4. Google's habit of using early adopters as pre-beta testers.

Points 1 through 4 can be applied as a template in writing about *anything* that Google has released in recent memory.

And this is a very telling snippet, if you subscribe to a belief in Freudian slips:

This theme will help us make the client less important (thin client, thick server model) which suits our strength vis-a-vis Microsoft and is also of great value to the user

So, the value proposition to the user is of secondary importance to beating MS.

oh, I thought

lol plum, I thought you were going to point out the part that says:

Quote:
This... will help us make the client less important

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.