Th cloud giants continued their race to get as much user data in their respective clouds as possible. Last week, for example:
- Amazon made its Zocalo file share and sync service broadly available for $5 per user per month for up to 200 GB of storage (after a month’s free trial);
- Microsoft worked to make OneDrive a better backend to users of Android devices;
- And Dropbox finally reacted to price cutting by the platform giants by upping the base limit for Dropbox Pro users to 1TB of storage, up from 100 GB for the same $9.99 per month.
All of this action shows just how addictive storage can be. Vendors figure if they can get your files into their cloud, they can sell you all sorts of other, pricier, stuff.
Sooooo …. don’t be storage smart and cloud silly. As Gigaom guest contributor Praveen Asthana pointed out, storage price cuts are widely trumpeted, but the same vendors that are making all that noise are also hiking prices on other services, just without the fanfare.
Big data is coming to you. and that’s a good thing
This week’s Structure Show guest Kalev Leetaru, Yahoo Fellow in Residence at Georgetown University blew us away with his discussion of the Global Database of Events, Languages, and Tones. The GDELT project ingests hundreds of millions of historical data points from the past 35 years to try to figure out how what’s happening today may be mirroring similar events in the past. But more broadly, he talks about how the advent of cloud computing and the availability of big data tools bring all that information to mere mortals, not just ivory tower academicians or government statisticians. This, he says, is a very good thing.
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