Bring on the GDrive!

Do you want the GDrive? I know I do. Rumors have been flying around for almost 2 years about this thing, its been the brunt of an April Fool's joke, complete with official announcement and a Google Group (see below). Googlers use it, and if it ever comes out, it would change the way both home and corporate users think about file storage. Google is almost there, almost. When they integrate Gears into Docs they'll be one step closer. They would just need a few more features on the main Docs UI (bulk file upload, share files right from there instead of having to publish from within the document) and allow for any file type.

Quick recap of the internal GDrive / Platypus client:
Backup: if your computer goes down, catches on fire, or just plain old BSOD's, just get a new computer, install the platypus client, and your files
will be on the new system before you know it You can sync across multiple computers. Great if you have multiple buildings, cubes, or a laptop floating around
VPN-less access
Disconnect Access. Google Gears anyone?
Other users can just mount your shares on their filesystem
FAST

I took some time and went through similar offerings that are currently available

** Amazon S3**

  • uses Amazon account (just have to enable as a web service)
  • $.15 per gig
  • programmatic way to store files. No UI on Amazon's site

Xdrive

Pros

  • Nothing to install
  • Breaks into photos, docs, music, videos, downloads, and bookmarks by default
  • can upload a folder or multiple files from the same folder
  • good upload speed
  • 5 gigs of space is free
  • you can make "shows" to show off your photos and/or videos Cons

  • Had to sign in with my AIM account to sign up for the service. Then directly after signing up I had to sign in with my AIM account again.

  • can't drag files into folders
  • "Share with friend" email didn't come for 15 min
  • the "close window" button after logging out didn't work
  • login button is a little out of the way

Box.net

Pros

  • fast site
  • clean look
  • 5 gig free
  • easy to embed folder into site or blog
  • easy to send links to files in an email
  • share folders as a link or an RSS feed
  • drag and drop file upload in a popup
  • there are groups in the paid account Cons

  • friends have to sign up to send files (I would rather be able to give them a public link to my folder)

  • have to pay to get groups
  • contacts section felt ackward

MoveDigital

Pros

  • can upload a file from a URL
  • Uploads showed all the details: speed, percent done, etc
  • Has mobile phone access Cons

  • Expensive. The pricing starts at $10 for 1 gig and goes up exponentially

  • Drag and drop is an install. And it didn't let me login (was using Vista to test these, I know... I know...)
  • Slow uploads

Omnidrive

![](http://lh3.google.com/timothy.broder/RvHFzfREi7I/AAAAAAAAMSA/P_Z24ztAeQ4/s 400/omni.jpg?imgdl=1)

  • Sign up was very slow
  • I tried to upload a 4 meg file and got a Java heapspace error

Microsoft Skydrive
Pros

  • Multiple file upload is very responsive and pretty
  • Can embed in blog
  • Has link to share with public Cons

  • Needed to install an ActiveX control (had to use IE, bummer) for multiple file upload.

  • Doesn't show upload speed
  • Only 500 MB
  • 50 MB Max file size

Overall I think I would have to go with Box.net. It was really smooth. Had some good features and it was really easy to upload files. the free 5 gigs wasn't too bad either.

Some related GDrive articles:
* GDrive is Here, Almost
* Evidence of GDrive in Google Apps
* GDrive Is On The Way
* Inside the GDrive Platypus --Almost
* Another GDrive “Platypus” Leak
* Google Gdrive Client Leaked
* GDrive -> GDisk
* When Will Gdrive Be Public (If Ever)?
* GDrive plays whack-a-mole with bloggers
* Evidence of GDrive in Google Apps What Ever Happened To GDrive?
* Rumor: Was the Gdrive Release Canceled?