Google announced their latest cloud storage solution: Cloud Storage Nearline. The product introduces a cost effective solution to cold storage for startups and enterprises alike. Cold storage is used when data is not accessed frequently.
Data, such as backups and log files, will be able to be hosted on the cloud for just $0.01 per gigabyte.
Tom Kershaw, the director of project management, states that there is a large gap between online and offline storage costs. Companies need to be able to access pertinent data quickly, but cold data that is not accessed frequently is relatively expensive with a standard cloud storage solution.
Nearline isn’t quite online, but it’s not offline either. While other cloud storage providers, such as Amazon, offer a similar product, Amazon’s Glacier service can take up to three hours to access the data. For many companies, this is simply too long. With Cloud Storage Nearline, data will be able to be accessed within just 3 seconds of a request.
The company’s goal is to ensure that companies don’t have to delete data or move data to offline storage. Consumers can also use the product to store photos or other data that is not often accessed.
A complex solution, Google’s new product resides on the same system as other Google storage products. Users will have the same level of encryption and security as all of Google’s storage solutions offer. Google’s API will work with Nearline, making it easy for companies and developers to integrate Nearline into their services.
Google has partnered with several storage companies in an effort to promote Nearline further. Symantec, NetApp and Iron Mountain are just a few of the companies that have partnered with Google so far.
A Google spokesperson states that they expect early users to use Nearline to store photos, documents and videos.