What is Google Cloud Storage?

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Google Cloud Storage is one of the several products that Google Cloud Platform offers. It is a storehouse of data used by large-scale companies, developers, and organizations to manage their projects in the Google Cloud Platform.

Google Cloud Storage is prevalent because it offers a reliable, secured, flexible and global way of sharing, storing, and backing up data. These data are called “objects” that can be in the form of photos, video, sound, texts, and other file formats that are uploaded to a “bucket.” Buckets serve as folders that you can share with a group by setting specific permissions and restrictions.

A significant feature of this storage is choosing what type of storage you would like to use depending on how you often access and update your stored data.

Google Cloud Storage is sorted into “classes,”namely:

  • Standard storage – is ideal for regularly accessed objects like website information, videos, mobile applications, and similar content. It has no minimum storage duration.
  • Nearline storage – is ideal as a backup for objects accessed at least once per month since it has a minimum 30-day storage duration.
  • Coldline storage – is also ideal as a backup but for objects accessed every quarter since this class has a minimum of 90-day storage duration.
  • Archive storage – best for backup data objects stored only for backup and not accessed and updated frequently. It has a minimum of 365-day storage duration.

Based on your chosen storage class, you may also decide which locations you would like your objects to access. Though buckets cannot be named the same, selecting the settings based on location to avoid latency is essential.

These locations are called regions which you can choose to be either Multi-Regional or Dual. Multi-Regional grants access in all Asia, Europe, and the US, while users can access Dual in any two regions in Asia, Europe, and the US.

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