It may have taken a little time but Google has come up with an alternative to Amazon’s Glacier cold storage proposition.
Google Storage is targeted at businesses and a Google Storage account is required to take advantage of Google Nearline as Nearline is a choice when creating a Google Storage bucket / container.
Once a bucket is designated as Google Nearline it can be used immediately.
Google positions Nearline as providing “the convenience of online storage at the price of offline storage” and indeed it does with access and retrieval times in the order of around 3 seconds.
Nearline also offers regionality of the storage bucket (similar to what users can expect from Amazon S3 / Glacier). This allows users to control where data is stored. The regional options include U.S., Europe and Asia. The regional storage buckets are not expected to be fully available until Nearline emerges from beta.
Ultimately Nearline is offering companies a relatively simple, fast-response, low cost, tiered storage solution with not only quick data backup but on-demand retrieval and access.
For users who are already using or aware of Amazon Glacier the major differences are as follows:
1 cent per GB pm 1 cent per GB pm
($10 per TB pm) ($10 per TB pm)
3 second retrieval 5 hours retrieval
(on demand access) (request needed)
Data Redundancy Data Redundancy
(multiple locations) (multiple locations)
Regional support Regional support
3 locations 7 locations
Google Storage API’s New Glacier API’s
(use existing) (API specific to Glacier)
Egress fees Egress fees
Retrieval cost .12 per GB Retrieval cost .09 per GB
Retrieval 4MB/s per TB Data delivered in 3 to 5 hours
(after first byte / scales linearly)
Availability 99% Availablility 99.99%
Pricing and features are of course subject to to change so always check the links below for latest details: