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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.

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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

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