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With so much buzz about GDrive, I'm a little surprised there has been no mention of the potential connection with Measurement Lab and GMail.

Google's internal version of GDrive (aka Platypus) was designed to provide faster "open and save" speeds. This "Local IO speed" as it's referred by Google internal documents, equates to open and save speeds in the cloud rivaling that for local files. For obvious reasons, slow connection speeds and ISP related issues could easily be mistaken for problems with GDrive. To avoid GDrive potentially being blamed for ISP issues, it only makes sense that Google would act to empower "the public with useful information about their broadband connections".

As a "A filer for the whole world. But better." There are a number of advantages to storing information via GDrive (Platypus). These advantages include backup, sync, web access, collaboration and offline access similar to that recently introduced by GMail.

Personally, I don't see the timing for all of these as being purely coincidental.....

The image above contains partially hidden code from Google's internal version of GDrive, which is also available for public review via http://ionutalexchitu.googlepages.com/gdrive.html.

"Online file backup and storage... GDrive provides reliable storage for all of your files, including photos, music and documents... GDrive allows you to access your files from anywhere, anytime, and from any device - be it from your desktop, web browser or cellular phone".

The text above from http://pack.google.com/cistrings.js which was modified last week, seems to be more compelling proof that Google's GDrive is nearing launch ready status. Interesting to note the potential of GDrive access via cellular phone, music file storage and it perhaps being offered via Google Pack.

UPDATE: - It has been confirmed, this is the first "Official" description of GDrive.