Can Dropbox survive against Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive

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First let me share some good articles to read from some academic friends of mine:

Last week, I shared a blog post about the new Google drive service.  In the post, I talked about Dropbox, which is a service I’ve used for years.  You can find out more about Dropbox in the following articles:

A USB flash drive in the shape of a piece of i...
A USB flash drive in the shape of a piece of ikura (salmon roe) sushi. Photo taken by Tokugawapants using Konica-Minolta Maxxum 5d with Minolta AF 100mm Macro lens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now let me pose a question.  How well will Dropbox do, now that Google and Microsoft (i.e. SkyDrive) have entered the picture?

If we read through the Wiki article, there are some interesting tidbits to discover.  For one thing, it was started by an MIT graduate.  This person kept forgetting his USB flash drive.  It looks like they really got off the ground in the year 2010.

In 2011, they have a user base of around 50 million users.  It’s estimated the valuation of the company is anywhere from 1 to 10 billion.  It also mentions that two U2 band members are investors.

Now we come along and find a recent news story entitled Review: Using Files Made Easy with Online Storage at Using Files.  Here we see a popular news service covering Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive.

If you look at the free offerings, Dropbox gives you 2 gig, Google 5 gig, and Microsoft 7 gig.  So right away, we find the 2 well-known software companies are offering up more than Dropbox.

USB Flash Drive Chapped
USB Flash Drive Chapped (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If I look at the Wiki article on SkyDrive at Wiki article on SkyDrive, it mentions the service has been tested since 2007.  Were the Dropbox founders aware of this?

A good comparison article for cloud services is How To Choose The Best Cloud For Your Data Best Cloud

It’s interesting that Dropbox is chiefly written in the scripting language Python.  It’s a scripting language I played with a while back, along with Perl and PHP.  It’s easier to build something in a scripting language than a tradition language like Java, C++ or C#.

Perhaps it’s easier to compare the services to members of the Avengers movie.  There might be room for all players, just as there is room for all avengers characters.  Actually, I don’t think the Black Widow and Hawkeye add much to what the Avengers can do.  Thor, Hulk and Iron Man will offer the raw power needed.  Captain America is needed on the Avengers as Batman is on the Justice League.  Both are skilled strategists who can figure out ways to find weak points, etc.  Both are also skilled warriors in battle.  Either can be a team leader.


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