Google is finally taking out its low cost, Nearline cold storage out of Beta and offering it to the general public. The cloud storage service — which was announced earlier this year and promised prices as low as $0.01 per GB — will seek to adress the gap between costs of online and offline data deposition facilities.
Compared to others in the field, such as the Amazon Glacier, Google’s brand new service will not only be cheaper, but will also provide much faster accessibility options — Seconds, as compared to the painstaking hours required to access data on Glacier.
The faster and cheaper services are not without a cost. The uptime Google will provide with Nearline for example, is less than what services including the likes of Compute Engine require. That being said, the boost in speed along with the fact that it is lighter on the pockets, may just prompt many to make the switch from other cloud storage services.
Also, Nearline, despite its low-cost, runs on the same infrastructure as all of Google’s other cloud computing services and as the software giant promises, is
low-cost, highly-durable and highly available storage service for data archiving, online backup and disaster recovery.
Google also has a special offer going according to which customers switching over from competing services will receive about 100 PB of free data on Nearline.
Now before you rush to find out exactly how much data 100 PB is and on to register at Nearline, let us tell you. 1 PB equals nearly 1 Million GB and people likely to carry around that much data up their sleeves are very rare. That’s where the catch in Google’s scheme comes into play.The 100 PB offer is valid only for the first month and you must maintain at least 1PB in Nearline for 12 months after an initial 3-month period.
Despite the free 100 PB offer — which is more of a ruse to gain publicity than anything else — the advantages Nearline provides are many. Apart from what we have already mentioned, Google has also added on I/O feature which scales speed linearly with storage. That means faster speeds when you need to get to your data in a hurry. Very Handy!!
As per Google,
The provisioned I/O for Cloud Storage Nearline scales linearly with increased storage consumption on a per-location basis. For example, storing 3 TB of data in a particular location gives your project 12 MB/s of read throughput from Cloud Storage Nearline buckets in the same location. Similarly, storing 100 TB of data in a particular location gives your project 400 MB/s of read throughput from Cloud Storage Nearline buckets in the same location.
The software giant has already signed up with corporations such as Actifio, Unitrends, Pixit Media, CloudBerry Backup and Filepicker, to help with Nearline integration for their consumers.