The following is from the Google Cloud Platform Blog.
The goal of Google Cloud Storage Nearline is to provide organizations with a simple, low-cost, fast-response storage service with quick data backup, retrieval and access. Given the increased amount of data produced by users, it’s no surprise that organizations are becoming “data hoarders” as they can no longer afford to throw data away. Indeed, it’s critical for organizations to conduct analysis against this data to gain market intelligence and stay competitive.
We’re introducing on-demand I/O to allow you to increase I/O in situations where you need to retrieve data from a Google Cloud Storage Nearline bucket faster than the provisioned 4 MB/s read throughput per TB of data stored. On-demand I/O delivers improved throughput when you need it and you only get charged for what you use. You now can access your data in seconds, while relying on predictable data recovery. During the first three months after launch, on-demand I/O will be offered at no additional charge.
In addition, Cloud Storage Transfer Service (previously referred to as Online Cloud Import) is becoming generally available to all organizations, allowing you to easily import large amounts of online data from HTTP/HTTPS locations, such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), into Google Cloud Storage to quickly and cost-effectively reduce your costs. You now will be able to configure one-time data migrations, as well as schedule recurring data transfers. Cloud Storage Transfer Service will also allow you to perform lifecycle management. Google Cloud Storage now offers you a way to simplify the lifecycle management of your objects, including automated archival to Cloud Storage Nearline and scheduled deletions.
We are introducing our Switch and Save program with which you may receive 100PB of free storage in Cloud Storage Nearline for up to 6 months. As a new Google Cloud Platform customer, you will be able to switch from any other Cloud Service Provider or on-premises infrastructure and significantly reduce your storage costs. We’ve also created a TCO calculator to help you estimate your savings on Google Cloud Storage versus Amazon Web Services.
We know that changing your storage platforms and processes isn’t easy and only a strong partner ecosystem can make adopting Cloud Storage Nearline a seamless experience. This is why we have more than doubled the existing number of Cloud Storage Nearline partners since beta to help you take a new approach to data storage in your own environment. In addition to Veritas/Symantec, NetApp, Iron Mountain and Geminare, we have added 5 new partners:
In addition to the partners we just listed, we have a growing ecosystem of global storage vendors that have integrated with Google Cloud Storage and added support for Google Cloud Storage Nearline to enable users to optimize their disaster recovery and backup architectures.