The G: drive

Another juicy morsel from the briefing for analysts — spotted by Good Morning Silicon Valley

Theme 2: Store 100% of User Data

With infinite storage, we can house all user files, including: emails, web history, pictures, bookmarks, etc and make it accessible from anywhere (any device, any platform, etc).  … As we move toward the “Store 100%” reality, the online copy of your data will become your Golden Copy and your local-machine copy serves more like a cache.

An important implication of this theme is that we can make your online copy more secure than it would be on your own machine.

Another important implication of this theme is that storing 100% of a user’s data makes each piece of data more valuable because it can be accessed across applications.

Translation: Google is planning a remote hard drive for everyone. If your PC hard drive is C: then the Google drive will be G: And after a while you’ll stop worrying about whether stuff is on C: or on G: — until Alberto Gonzales comes data-fishing, that is…

As Google CEO Eric Schmidt puts it: “We want to be able to store everybody’s information all the time.” He means it.

Thanks to Kevin Cryan for pointing out that it is Alberto Gonzales, not John Ashcroft, who is now Attorney-General of the US. (I’d got it wrong in the first version of this post.)