Pinterest Stumbleupon Whatsapp

Google has recently opened Google Storage to developers, along with releasing many new features to the Google Storage service. Developers may now have instant access to Google Storage, without needing to wait for an invite.

The enhancements to Google Storage include powerful security features, European data storage, a free promotional tier, simplified sharing, team accounts and the ability to store items up to 5 TB in size. It all amounts to quite a significant overhaul of the Google storage service.

All Google Storage users can now begin with a free 5 GB account, with many other ways to obtain free storage space, including transfers from other storage providers.

Security is now controlled using the industry standard oAuth 2.0, meaning users can authenticate account by use of tokens rather than passwords. It also allows for applications to be granted access to the account, making Google Storage’s security more flexible and useful.

Storage users can now share documents with any Google account holder, thus ensuring customers and clients need not subscribe to the Google Storage service in order to access your work.

Users may choose the primary location of their data storage now, deciding whether they’d prefer storage in the USA or Europe. Both options are high-performance and backed up in multiple locations across the region chosen.


Teams can make use of Google storage more easily with the new project model of billing. This means one user creates the project and co-ordinates the billing process, then adds developers to the project so that they can work on it together.

Instead of requiring users to know the exact size of an upload before sending, Google now uses chunked transfer encoding. This allows users to stream the data to Google Storage, rather than buffering on local servers before sending.

The improvements and access to Google storage make quite an attractive package. Go sign up for your free 5 GB Google storage now.

Source: Google Code Blog

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Ivica Gunjina
    May 20, 2011 at 2:05 am

     its not a free, it is a free trial period to end of 2011.

    • Angela Alcorn
      May 20, 2011 at 6:54 am

      Yes and no. If you sign up before the end of 2011 you're entitled to the free 5 GB, but it is allocated to your first project (It has to be, since they now do the billing via project). You'll retain the space until you close off the project. So, if the project stays open the free space should stay yours. 

      They haven't said they'll take it away, merely that newcomers won't be entitled to free space after that date.

  2. Moshe Shraga
    May 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Is it 5GB ot 5TB ? 

    • Angela Alcorn
      May 15, 2011 at 6:01 am

      Everyone starts with 5 GB free and some people may qualify for more free space.

      If you're willing to pay for some storage you'll be able to store much more than 5 TB, but the 5 TB figure is for maximum upload size for a file. So, if you've paid for the extra space, you are able to upload something that size.

  3. Hammy Havoc
    May 14, 2011 at 2:58 am

    I must be one of the only people who simply do not feel comfortable with having their entire life 'in the cloud' with Google.

  4. Hammy Havoc
    May 14, 2011 at 12:58 am

     I must be one of the only people who simply do not feel comfortable with having their entire life 'in the cloud' with Google.