Google has just announced a new Labs service called Google Storage for Developers that provides cloud storage for web and mobile applications. Users will be able to easily manage their data via a web interface. When launched, this paid service should compete with Amazon Web Services. Interested developers can sign up now to be part of a free, limited preview that comes with 100 Gb storage and 300 Gb monthly bandwidth. (We had some trouble getting that form to load earlier, perhaps due to high traffic, though it seems to be up now. Keep trying if you can’t get through initially!)
The most intriguing feature is a RESTful web service that gives developers programmatic control of their data:
“Using this RESTful API, developers can easily connect their applications to fast, reliable storage replicated across several US data centers. The service offers multiple authentication methods, SSL support and convenient access controls for sharing with individuals and groups. It is highly scalable – supporting read-after-write data consistency, objects of hundreds of gigabytes in size per request, and a domain-scoped namespace.”
Developers reading this, let us know in the comments how you might make use of a service like this.