Google announces Ice Cold Storage and launches Cloud Filestore

Google announces Ice Cold Storage and launches Cloud Filestore

On the last day of Google Cloud Next 19, Google shared some details around new storage solutions with an emphasis on ice cold storage. This class of archived cloud storage is now available after a series of delays.

According to ITProToday, previous generations of cold, deep cold or icy storage tiers and classes have experienced many delays. They often required multiple steps similar to traditional hierarchical storage management. Google is now changing that approach, providing immediate, low-latency access to content.

Ice cold storage, a class of archived cloud storage, is designed for long-term data preservation. They use the same APIs as Google for other storage methods in terms of access and management. With this, the search giant follows industry trends and is back on the map. Prices start at $1.23 per TB per month.


This starting price does not include the extra costs for access, data transfer and other metadata operations. It is also important to know how long it takes for your data order to be ready and how quickly you can move data. For the time being, Google will not disclose any details about this.

In addition to ice cold storage, Google is launching Cloud Filestore, a managed file storage system. The solution is available today and has a reading speed of up to 1.2 GB/s at 60K IOPS. With access to a proprietary NFS cloud storage service, Google adds itself to the list of cloud providers that are making their cloud storage platforms increasingly compatible with the customer’s applications.

Regional Persistent Disk

From now on, Google will also make Regional Persistent Disk available. Allows active-active synchronous disk replication over two zones within the same region. By bringing storage geographically closer to where applications need it, Google expects better reliability and performance.

It targets read and write speeds of 240MB/s and the number of Persistent Disks that can be linked to virtual machines increases to 128. Google also offers V4 signature support for Google Cloud storage, giving users access to multiple object stores within the same application code.

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