The TB Era of Cloud Storage [Updated: War is OVER]
I thought I would share this interesting that just happened in China to all you Googlers(Google users):
Prologue (tl;dr below):
So a few days ago I was looking at the official site of Baidu Technology Innovation Conference (Baidu's Google I/O) and saw they were giving away 1T of permanent cloud storage on Baidu Cloud if you pay 1 RMB.
I've always been looking for a place "up there" to store all my photos, but no cloud storage service ever worked for me because I couldn't imagine paying more and more every year to cope with my increasing number of photos, but at that moment I did a quick calculation: if I generate 20G of photos every year, 1T would give me .... 50 years!!!! That would mean I won't have to worry about storage limits until I retire, and perhaps by 2063, cloud storage would much much cheaper.
I quickly paid the 1 yuan and became a happy cloud user. I uploaded all my photos from the past and told my family. Everyone in my family signed up for one account and got their 1T space.
Just when I thought this was over, I found out accidentally two days later that my quota grew to 2T! I checked my family members' accounts and they all got to 2T! This was incredible. At first I thought it was a server problem at Baidu and they would soon fix it, but after baiduing the problem, I figured out a HUGE fight going behind, this was what has happened:
tl;dr: After Baidu announced they will be giving away 1T for 1 RMB in celebration of its annual dev conference, Qihoo 360, the Chinese company famous for offering free anti-virus software, said they will be giving away 1T of permanent cloud storage on 360 cloud for FREE, then Tencent, the company behind QQ, said their Tencent WeiCloud will be offering 10T of permanent free storage (grows as you fill it up). Then Baidu changed their offer to 2T for 1RMB, and that was what happened to me.
It's clear that Baidu's actions forced the other two companies to also give permanent free space in terms of TBs. Since those three are the largest cloud storage providers in China, they had to make sure they were on the same starting line. What I was wondering was :
Is this possible in the western market? If one company, say Google, or Dropbox, announced they will be giving away 1T permanent storage for free, will other companies follow? Which one company is it going to be to start off this TB competition? AND does Baidu's action means that we are officially entering the TB era of cloud storage, or is this simply some marketing strategy? If the latter, then when will we arrive at the TB era?
Bring up the discussion!
360 just announced that they are ending the battle by giving users FREE PERMANENT UNLIMITED SPACE cloud storage. That was one hell of a way to do end the war.