Amazon has preemted any sort of official Gmail data storage system by launching S3 or “Simple Storage Service”. TechCrunch has the scoop. Admittedly this systems is aimed at developers rather than end users, but it’s still a damn big deal.
Until now, a sophisticated and scalable data storage infrastructure like Amazon’s has been beyond the reach of small developers. Amazon S3 enables any developer to leverage Amazon’s own benefits of massive scale with no up-front investment or performance compromises. Developers are now free to innovate knowing that no matter how successful their businesses become, it will be inexpensive and simple to ensure their data is quickly accessible, always available, and secure.