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Google Cloud Storage Pricing

Google Cloud Storage is a RESTful online file storage web service for storing and accessing data on Google’s infrastructure. The service combines the performance and scalability of Google’s cloud with advanced security and sharing capabilities. It is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), comparable to Amazon S3 online storage service.

Prices are competitive, as you would expect, with 4,500TB costing $0.054/GB per month. You’ll need to get a quote from Google if you intend to buy more than that. Durable Reduced Availability, like Amazon’s Reduced Redundancy Storage, is a little cheaper at $0.042/GB per month.

Google Storage Objects affect pricing

Objects stored in Google Cloud Storage are grouped into buckets. Buckets are containers within the cloud that can be assigned to storage classes individually. Google Cloud Storage offers three storage classes with varying latency and price: Standard, Durable Reduced Availability (DRA) and Nearline.

Standard storage class has the highest performance and availability of the three tiers and is best used for frequently-accessed data that requires low latency. It is priced at .026 cents per gigabyte per month.

DRA storage class has a higher latency and lower availability than the Standard option, at a lower price. It is most often used for objects that are able to experience some unavailability, such as certain types of backup. DRA storage is priced at .02 cents per gigabyte per month.

Nearline storage class has the highest latency of the three options, at the lowest price. According to Google, it is best used as a backup for disaster recovery, with data that is accessed no more than once a month. Google Nearline storage is priced at .01 cents per gigabyte per month.

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