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Google's started a Snowball fight with Amazon Web Services by announcing a “Transfer Appliance” to get data out of your data centre and into its cloud. AWS already has just such a machine: its Snowball is a ruggedised storage appliance with 80TB capacity that the cloud colossus sends to your premises so you can load it up full …

  1. returnofthemus

    What about security?

    My understanding was that Snowball's came with armed military personnel, surely if Google are going to win this battle they're going to have to do it with specialist security forces, I mean who is going to risk having their porn hi-jacked by hacktivists?

    1. RyokuMas Silver badge
      Devil

      Re: What about security?

      Forget data being hijacked by hacktivists, what's the betting that Google scan every single byte as they upload it? After all, it's not like Google don't a history for illicit data gathering and a healthy disregard for the law when it comes to adding to their vast reservoirs of information...

      1. Daggerchild Silver badge

        Re: What about security?

        I would have thought that if you're paying Google to do exactly that, you'd be very annoyed if they didn't.

        I wouldn't mind a Google Search page for our corporate Intranet. All I can usually find on any subject are a million mentions.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: What about security?

      Meanwhile in the real world, Microsoft just overtook AWS in cloud revenue (@ $15 billion a year) and are growing much faster.

      Google arepparently becoming increasingly irrelevant in cloud, having to resort to massive discounts to get any customers at all...

  2. John Smith 19 Gold badge
    Unhappy

    TBH if you're migrating your LoB systems to a cloud you need something for the migration

    Given so few seem to think mag tape is still useful.

    And you'll need it even more if you ever decide to migrate off a public cloud to something else.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    With that much capacity

    With that much capacity just keep it and use it to run your own "cloud" ?

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