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June 7, 2007 at 11:40 AM

Could Google tap Isilon to store digital books?

Interesting question asked by a reader in Minneapolis.

He’s wondering if Isilon is involved in Google’s book digitization project, which leapt ahead yesterday when a consortium of 12 major universities signed on.

I’d think Google would go it alone but perhaps a third-party storage provider like Isilon would help the company keep the project apace. It could also increase the comfort level for libraries nervous about storing everything with Google.

Isilon’s spokesman wouldn’t comment, saying he couldn’t tell me anything about any such deal until it was formally announced. He wouldn’t deny there’s a relationship with Google, either, but I don’t want to insinuate too much.

“Technically I can’t really say anything because if it hasn’t been discussed I can’t coment on it,” spokesman Lucas Welch said.

So will he deny Isilon’s working with Google?

“At this time Isilon has no comment on Google’s book digitization project.”

Hmmm.

I’ve asked for Google’s comment and haven’t heard back yet.

Comments | Topics: Digital media, Enterprise, Google

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