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From Andrew Phillips <andr...@apache.org>
Subject RE: blob storage provider for Google?
Date Tue, 27 May 2014 23:00:56 GMT
> I don't understand the distinction made between "documents" and  
> "blobs" though. The entities uploaded to Google Drive can be up to  
> 1TB (or 1TiB?) in size, so I'd think that qualifies as large. They  
> certainly are binaries.

Then the comments may just have been reflecting inexperience with  
Google Drive ;-) I think the point was that there are some things  
users of "textual data storage systems" expect that a typical "binary  
data store" would not provide: indexing, searching etc. etc.

But, in any case, that functionality is typically a *superset* of what  
a binary data store offers. So implementing a binary data store API on  
top of a "textual data store" shouldn't be a problem. And, if I'm  
understanding you correctly, it may be more accurate to regard Drive  
as a binary data store in the first place.

You may want to check on the progress of any work in this area,  
though. I not sure if anything concrete is happening or has even been  

Of course, any offers to contribute are much appreciated ;-)


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