Google has dropped some hints that, in the future, it plans to allow users to put all of their PC storage on a Google online storage service. Unlimited capacity. As this UK report quoted a Google presentation:
...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 [Google] can make your online copy more secure than it would be on your own machine.
The presentation is no longer online but extracts plus a PDF of the slides have been reproduced at glinden.blogspot.com.
In my mind, this raises interesting questions for enterprise IT (including small businesses):
By the way, the Google presentation also hints that this online-storage plan is a slap at Microsoft, because the "computer platform" will become less important. Again quoting the Google presentation:
This will help us make the client less important (thin client, thick server model), which suits our strength vis-a-vis Microsoft and is also of great value to the user.
P.S. If Google offers this online storage free-of-charge, it could be very bad news for current online-storage providers.