Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Elusive Google G-Drive

Where is the Google G-drive that we’ve all been waiting for?

After a perusal of the Google Apps Marketplace, it becomes apparent that there is yet no standard tool whose primary purpose it to give us that “connected” feeling we get when we map network drives to our local machines.

Yes, if we’re looking for a Google App that mysteriously and magically keeps a copy of our file on the local workstation and another copy in the Google Cloud, there’s an app for that. And if we need to share documents among collaborators via the services that Google Apps and the Google Cloud provide, there’s an app for that, too. But for vanilla file access and storage to the Google Cloud, via webdav, I guess we’re forced to look elsewhere.

And elsewhere it is.

Gladinet has positioned itself as the integrator of not just the elusive G-drive, but of all cloud-based storage and access solutions. Gladinet makes the software behind its Cloud Desktop Service, which does the heavy lifting for those less-than-stellar WAN link connections.

As a regular user of other webdav services, I’ve experienced the pain associated with large files or multiple files that I access and edit via mapped drives using webdav. As such, I’m intrigued with the possibility of letting the Gladinet’s Cloud Desktop Service smooth out the fits and starts associated with webdav.

I’ll give it a try and report back.

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