Facebook quietly tests new storage service

Facebook has quietly launched an open Data Store API beta program that may indicate plans to offer a data storage service to developers.

Since Sunday, the Facebook Developer wiki has included a page offering users beta access to a data storage service. However, the wiki does warn users that the page is still in development and that users should make sure that data used in testing the service is properly backed up.

Facebook officials could not be reached for comment.

The wiki does not elaborate upon how much storage is available to developers as part of the open beta. Further, there is no information provided about pricing or how much capacity the eventual storage service will provide.

In his unofficial Facebook blog, Nick ONeill said he doubts that the nascent data storage service will carry no charge. But if it did, he noted that the impact on the site would be tremendous.

“I can’t imagine them providing this service for free. If they do decide to make the service completely free, Facebook will have created an even bigger revolution,” posted ONeill on his blog.

ONeill speculates that Facebook’s aspirations for entering the storage arena could be to wrestle away business from Amazon’s S3 service, or perhaps to even challenge Google Inc.’s considerable user base and popularity.

Comment: edit@itworldcanada.com

Would you recommend this article?

Share

Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.


Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

Related Tech News

Get ITBusiness Delivered

Our experienced team of journalists brings you engaging content targeted to IT professionals and line-of-business executives delivered directly to your inbox.