Feeds

Google starts charging for storage

As Microsoft offers on-line folders for free

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Google has begun charging users for additional storage once they fill their free allowance, according to a blog post by one of the company's lead software engineers.

Price plans start from $20 a year for an extra 6GB and run to $500 a year for 250GB. Google account holders can buy storage here.

The engineer, Ryan Aquino, said that the service is designed as an overflow to the storage provided free by individual Google services - 1GB with Picasa, and 2.8GB with GoogleMail - and will soon be usable by other services such as Google Docs and Spreadsheets as well.

If users subscribe for extra capacity, their Google services will all share a single pool of additional on-line storage once they exceed their free allotment.

As Google made the announcement, Microsoft was relaunching its free on-line storage service. Formerly called Windows Live Folders, this has been renamed Windows Live Skydrive and made available to UK and Indian users, as well as those in the US.

Skydrive offers 500MB of capacity, and its folders can be private or public. It won't accept any file over 50MB in size though - Microsoft does not want it being used as an on-line backup service.

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Ellison: Sparc M7 is Oracle's most important silicon EVER
'Acceleration engines' key to performance, security, Larry says
Linux? Bah! Red Hat has its eye on the CLOUD – and it wants to own it
CEO says it will be 'undisputed leader' in enterprise cloud tech
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT
Gets back up again after half an hour though
Hey, what's a STORAGE company doing working on Internet-of-Cars?
Boo - it's not a terabyte car, it's just predictive maintenance and that
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.