Google Offering Free Cloud Storage and Tools Deal for Developers

by Sam Dean - May. 11, 2011Comments (1)

As we've noted, the Google I/O conference--one of the biggest annual developer outreach programs that the company has--is in full swing in San Francisco this week. In addition to the many sessions and keynotes, with lots of them focused on open source topics, there are also new announcements flowing in from Google. One of the biggest announcements is that Google has open its Google Storage for Developers program up to developers at large after offering it to only a limited number of users since last year. It's billed as a "RESTful service for storing your data in the cloud," on Google's infrastructure, and any developer with a Google account can get free cloud storage up to 5GB through the end of this year.

The storage program will offer scalable pricing on top of the free service, and Google has announced a number of adjacent services and tools that go along with the offering, including:

According to the announcement: "Google Storage for Developers is a RESTful service for storing and accessing your data on Google's infrastructure. The service combines the performance and scalability of Google's cloud with advanced security and sharing capabilities." Data is replicated across numerous data centers, enhancing security.

 The storage offering is directly competitive with Amazon's S3 service, which also offers a 5GB plan for free. Truth be told, serious developers will probably demand more storage, and there are other offerings available that offer up to 50GB of storage for free, but Google is backing its offer with a number of attractive tools and services, including open source tools. Developers will want to look into it.

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