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Google Will Make Its Paid Storage Plans Cheaper (theverge.com) 69

An anonymous reader shares a report:Google is rolling out new changes to its storage plans that include a new, low-cost storage plan and half off the price of its 2TB storage option, the company announced today. It's also converting all Google Drive paid storage plans to Google One, perhaps in part because you'll now have one-tap access to Google's live customer service.

Google One will get a new $2.99 a month option that gets you 200GB of storage. The 2TB plan, which usually costs $19.99 per month, will now cost $9.99 a month. Finally, the 1TB plan that costs $9.99 a month is getting removed. The other plans for 10, 20, or 30TB won't see any changes.

Google Will Make Its Paid Storage Plans Cheaper

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  • by vk2 ( 753291 ) on Monday May 14, 2018 @03:45PM (#56610476) Journal
    Between backblaze b2 and wasabi.com using duplicity software - only the non-technical folks will fall for this.
    • I'm using Backblaze B2 for my local data backup and sync, but at the same time I am using Google's Docs, Sheets and mail with some attachments. I am currently using 13 GB out of 15 and I'm considering upgrading to the next tier.

    • backblaze b2 and wasabi.com

      They really are different products, but this price is now inline with wasabi.com and better than B2.

  • Give us tour data (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 14, 2018 @03:45PM (#56610482)

    We'll make it cheaper for you to be spied on

  • by pecosdave ( 536896 ) on Monday May 14, 2018 @03:58PM (#56610550) Homepage Journal

    If I could pay a one-time charge, like buying a hard drive, or even a once a decade thing I might be on board. I seriously don't want more monthly costs.

    • You can pay yearly.

      • by spoot ( 104183 )

        I get 1TB 'free' with my google fiber account. Wonder if it is getting the upgrade too? I'm not holding my breath, but you never know. Use it to move somewhat large audio files to clients.

    • by Junta ( 36770 )

      In this specific scenario, you aren't paying for disk space, you are paying for them to have responsibility for keeping the data available, and having it at a persistently accessible location. That means some chunk of electricity, network connectivity, and costs associated with replacing storage capacity, and various other requirements. In terms of paying for a decade, these providers are uncomfortable with the commitment of the service being available as the customer would like it more than a year out or

      • I've been playing with. Syncthing [syncthing.net]. I'm seriously thinking about using it to make an offsite backup, already my documents are synced between my laptop and desktop using it, I'm pretty sure it would work if I decided to "go big" with it.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        You are paying for ... GOOGLE ... responsibility ... ha ... haha .... hehehe .... heHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHH

        • by Junta ( 36770 )

          Well, responsible for keeping the data available I said, did not necessarily suggest they will behave responsibly with the data, which is a bit different.

          Of course on a whim they could decide they don't like being in the business and shut down, so I guess google has that challenge too (as do *all* the providers, always have to be ready to at least in theory start up your infrastructure elsewhere without notice).

    • If I could pay a one-time charge, like buying a hard drive, or even a once a decade thing I might be on board. I seriously don't want more monthly costs.

      pCloud [pcloud.com] offers a "lifetime" cloud storage service for a one-time fee. Their definition of lifetime [pcloud.com] is the shorter of your lifetime or 99 years.

      Disclaimer: I do not own, work for, or have any other financial interest in pCloud.

      • You really believe they will still be in business 5 years from now, let alone 99 years?

        • You really believe they will still be in business 5 years from now, let alone 99 years?

          My point was that there are alternatives to cloud services that have a monthly or annual charge that never ends. As you point out, there are potential risks with these options.

          Fundamentally, the risk that the cloud service provider stops providing the service you are using is a risk of any cloud service. The only way to completely prevent someone else's bad business decisions from affecting your data is to keep your data on servers you own that are located on property you own. Of course, you must have fu

        • Maybe, maybe not.

          This could totally work, especially if they pull the grandfather clause.

          How many businesses have you seen start up with a reasonable deal like this (and right now it's on "sale"), then raise the price, then stop offering this to new subscribers but leaving the old guys grandfathered in? A company like this has a good chance of gaining traction if enough people like me get on-board at first. Once a critical mass of popularity happens, then they can turn into jerks, and as long as they don'

        • Another note:

          In 10 years how significant will 2 TB of storage be? Per this chart [wikipedia.org] the first 1.5 TB drive came out ten years ago. That was the huge drive most of us couldn't afford, many of us were running 500 GB drives (and a lot of laptop users still are). Already you could hold five 2TB accounts on a single HDD (not counting backups and everything) and that's not even the biggest drive available. How many accounts could you hold on a single drive in ten years? 20? In 30 years they'll be giggling abou

    • If I could pay a one-time charge, like buying a hard drive, or even a once a decade thing I might be on board. I seriously don't want more monthly costs.

      You're right, it's actually horribly overpriced if you do the math. What they should charge for is bandwidth, since the storage is pennies, it's transferring 2tb daily that would rack up some bills. They could charge 99 cents a month for 2tb storage and still make a killing because it's not really 2tb, most people just outgrew 200mb but haven't reached anywhere near 2tb yet.

      • I could totally get on board with this. An up-front costs for the space and then may $0.10 per GB of transfer after the first month. I could rsync everything up daily, once a week, whatever, keep my bandwidth down, while continuing to make use of my space.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Shouldn't it be storage where you, the user, get paid? The more you use, the more you earn. After all, chances are it's all being data mined to fuel their AI algorithms and targeted advertising.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    It wasn't that long ago that files on Google Drive were disappearing if they had naughty filenames.

  • The price cuts might be driven by competition, which would be okay, or by Moore's Law and its corollaries, which would be even better, but I think this pricing probably reflects a fundamental reappraisal of the value of possessing your data. Once they have their hands on your data, you are the one with the burden of getting it away from them--and you can never be certain that they didn't retain a copy. There might even be incentivizing from the actual legal authorities to make their own work easier. After a

  • by Mr_Silver ( 213637 ) on Monday May 14, 2018 @05:06PM (#56610954)

    It would be nice if they looked at their G Suite pricing for people who simply want a couple of email addresses hanging from their own domain. Right now, if you have your own domain, Google assumes you're a business and charges accordingly.

    Here in the UK 3.30 GBP/user/month comes to near 198 GBP (~$270) per year for 5 family members which is extremely expensive! Even more so when you realise that, because it's family, all you really want is the same functionality that normal Gmail users get.

    • by pnutjam ( 523990 )
      I have a grandfathered gsuite for my domain.
      ...just bragging...
      • Yeah, me too.

        However I lost the original domain (due to an issue out of my control) and the legacy version won't allow you to change your primary domain to a new one. You have to create a new alias, set that to the primary and then reconfigure all users to send their email through an external SMTP server (which is actually Google's own SMTP server) so you can avoid Outlook telling everyone your old (non-working) address.

        Frankly it's a mess.

        In addition also have issues in that some people aren't receiving my

  • Just in case anyone was wondering, this is in direct response to getting absolutely destroyed by the Siacoin network. They'll never admit it though.
  • Google's 1TB plan ($9.99) was the same cost of Apple's iCloud Drive 2TB plan. So now Google and Apple are the same, except Apple has the small 50GB option for $0.99.

    50GB: $0.99
    200GB: $2.99
    2TB: $9.99

  • by Anonymous Coward

    To spy on them??!!

  • Others have pointed out the costs of doing it yourself (internet, software updates, electricity, offsite/multi-site availability, gmail integration, physical security (like when you're on vacation). Non-Disruptive (and risk free upgrades). And using an Enterprise grade platform to provide it. All of these are rolled into that $1.99/$2.99/whatever cost per month of gDrive. Is anybody doing this without Consumer grade components (all HW + SW + internet connectivity + utilities)?

    However, what is your hourly

  • Google is trying to kill competition from upstart decentralized competitors. I have been renting out my free hard drive and getting paid in storj (there is also filecoin, sia, maidsafe but I haven't tested those), really easy to setup as well. Finally a working product/use case for cryptocurrencies.

If graphics hackers are so smart, why can't they get the bugs out of fresh paint?