Yesterday I received a Google Storage for Developer Update email from the Google Storage Team.
Here is a quote from the email:
Thank you for using Google Storage for Developers. We write today to make sure you're aware that we've changed our service.
Increased Account Limits & Billing
When we began the Google Storage for Developers preview, all accounts were free and limited to 100 GB of storage. Google Storage accounts can now access increased storage by providing credit card billing information. Additionally, for accounts with billing we provide a service level agreement (SLA). Find our published service level agreement at: https://code.google.com/apis/storage/docs/sla.html.
Accounts with billing can now use up to 1 Terabyte of storage by default. If you need more capacity, just let us know! Contact information is on our FAQ page: http://code.google.com/apis/storage/docs/faq.html.
Officially still in preview mode, Google Storage starts to collect billing information, inching closer to full production mode.
For you, a home user or an SMB owner, now you have one more cloud storage vendor to offer service for your use.
How to Use Google Storage?
Based on your use case, there are several ways to access Google Storage.
(1) I just want to have desktop access to Google Storage, for off-site storage and backup purpose.
A: You can use Gladinet Cloud Desktop for this. With Cloud Desktop, you will get a network drive mapped to Google Storage. You will be able to synchronize local folders to Google Storage as a backup copy too.
(2) I have a small team. I want to have the team sharing folders on Google Storage.
A: You can use Gladinet CloudAFS as a storage gateway to the Google Storage. Everyone will be using the File Server (CloudAFS) directly and using Google Storage as tier2 storage to the file server indirectly.
(3) I just want to backup full and incremental snapshots to Google Storage. I need to backup active-and-locked files and backup SQL Servers.
A: You can use Gladinet Cloud Backup. It is a Windows Server sitting in the background and monitors the backup for you.