Google Cloud introduces new storage products

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The new offerings aim to provide better data protection and resiliency.

This week Google Cloud introduced two new storage products. It also announced an expansion of its Cloud Storage offering, to offer more resiliency and protection for customer data.

The new services are Filestore Enterprise and Filestore Backup for Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). Google is also updating its Cloud Storage offering to let users select the regions of their choice for dual-region buckets. They are also offering a new 15-minute Recovery Point Objective (RPO) in Cloud Storage.

Sean Derrington Sr., Product Manager, Storage, described the new Filestore offering in a blog post. “As more organizations move to Google Cloud, they need to consider their storage architecture,” he writes. “The fact is that many legacy applications can’t use cloud-based object storage like Cloud Storage, and instead require a file- or block-based offering.”

With Filestore Enterprise, he says, customers will have “a fully managed cloud-native NFS solution that lets you confidently deploy critical file-based applications in Google Cloud.” The product is backed by a Service Level Agreement that delivers 99.99% regional availability, he claims.

Supporting and protecting mission critical data and applications

Filestore Enterprise provides support for critical applications such as SAP. Recently Google and SAP announced a joint partnership to help organizations migrate SAP to Google Cloud, and the availability of Filestore Enterprise is an important enabler of that partnership, according to Derrington.

Cloud Storage’s dual-region buckets are driven by Colossus, Google’s global distributed file system, and Spanner, a globally distributed database. A dual-bucket region provides a true single namespace (or bucket) that spans regions. It effectively lets developers can treat a continent as a single bucket.

Google is offering Backup for GKE, a native GKE service that makes it easier to protect container-based data. Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), a managed Kubernetes service, “is a rocket ship for us,” Guru Pangal, Google VP and GM of storage, said to ZDNet. “Customers are using it extensively because it provides very good application velocity. And what we are seeing is more and more of the workloads are becoming stateful workloads.”

With the mission critical nature of stateful workloads, data protection becomes a higher priority.