Cloud services like Google Cloud Storage might be a convenient and increasingly cost-effective method of making large amounts of data available from multiple locations, but while broadband upstream speeds remain limited, uploading a significant amount of data in the first place can take days rather than minutes or hours.

TechCrunch reports (via Techmeme) that Google now allows you to send in a hard drive which they will upload locally to their cloud servers, getting the job done quickly and without swamping your own net connection.

Like Amazon, Google charges $80 per drive. Unlike Amazon, it’s a flat fee – there is no Amazon-style additional per-hour fee for importing the data.


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