Google Drive Privacy {2}

by Ricardo C
This article talks about the new Google cloud service called Google Drive. Microsoft’s cloud service and DropBox have been the largest cloud storage services for many years and many people were expecting Google to come up with a cloud service. A lot of internet users have services from Google such as email, web based applications such as Google docs, Blogger, etc, and a cloud service would consolidate all of the essential internet services in one provider. However, people need to be aware of the terms and conditions of each provider. For instance, Microsoft and DropBox do not claim ownership of the files that one uploads to their cloud service and maintains them private, on the other hand, Google Drive explicitly says that “Your Content in our Services: When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide licence to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.
The rights that you grant in this licence are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This licence continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing that you have added to Google Maps).” read more...

Disaster Recovery combine with the cloud {1}

by Robert Q
The article by Jeff Vance, “How the cloud democratizes and complicates disaster recovery”, goes over what the cloud can do to help businesses with their disaster recovery plan. The author points out that most businesses don’t have a DR plan in place or most businesses would back up the most important data to tape and shuffle the tape off to secure location or would even hope and cross their fingers that nothing will happen. The author believes that businesses are not taking advantage of the cloud and what it can do to help a business with their DR plan, however the author notes that businesses should not take a laissez-faire approach to using the cloud for their DR plan because there are some negative parts that the businesses need to account for. The author said that using the cloud as a DR plan is only scratching the surface of DR plans, organizations need to adapt their DR plans with the cloud and other plans. read more...

Google Drive and the Cloud Wars {1}

by Tyler K
According to popular rumors, Google is at it again; co-founder/CEO Aaron Levie reports at on the possibility of Google finally introducing the long-anticipated Cloud storage system (referred to as Google Drive), to the dismay of all current and future competitors in the field. Levie says it best, “Drive’s arrival was meant to instantly commoditize existing offerings, kill all future opportunity for new players…as it battled Microsoft and Apple for control of our online lives and content” (Levie, 2012). Essentially, the writer outlines how there has been anticipation for Google’s entry into cloud computing for nearly 6 years, and now may finally be the time. The author also goes on to explain how Google Chrome and Google Docs may have revealed that while cloud-based applications are certainly innovative and useful for some, professionals and individuals still relied on more conventional software (i.e. Microsoft Office) – a revelation that may have pushed Drive back on Google’s list of projects. However, in recent times, it is plausible that the combination of growing popularity in smaller organizations successfully garnering a large audience of Cloud storage users (companies that include the author’s own, as well as “…the competition between Android and iOS…(that) brought it back from the dead,” (Levie, 2012). The final section of the article goes on to describe the future of cloud computing, foreseeing a “fractured” cloud, where the larger companies, with their collective hundreds of billions of dollars all compete for the majority of information storage – a battle where the victor is impossible to currently determine. read more...