Google Cloud has announced the general availability of a new storage class called Archive. This new offering by Google Cloud is aimed at enabling the long-term storage of large amounts of data.
The Archive cloud storage class is designed for long-term data retention at price points starting from $0.0012 per GB per month—only $1.23 per TB per month. The new Archive class of Cloud Storage would be a perfect choice for an excessive amount of data that is stored for longer periods of time and accessed less than once a year.
Some of the most common use cases are Tape replacement and archiving data under various data retention laws, long-term backups, etc.
The Archive class can also be combined with Bucket Lock to prevent data from being modified while ensuring very high durability and security.
Google commented, “When enterprises have flexible, cost-effective storage choices, they’re able to manage data efficiently and use resources wisely.”
In the comparison of other archiving and retrieving solutions such as tape and first-generation cloud archive solutions, this new storage class eliminates the need for a separate retrieval process.
Advantages of Archive cloud storage class
Cost-effective: Low cost, starting at $0.0012 per GB per month.
Secure: The amount of data is encrypted at rest and in transit by default.
Durable: Helps protect against regional failure and increases data availability.
Instant Access: Just like all the Cloud Storage classes, it is accessible with the millisecond time period.
Open: Suitable for Google-specific and multi-cloud architectures alike.
Simple: Same API across all storage classes for access and management consistency.
The easiest way to get started with Archive class in Google Cloud Storage is to create a new bucket and select “Archive” when it comes to choosing a default storage class for your data.
On the other hand, existing buckets interested in Archive can use Object Lifecycle Management to download their Cloud Storage classes in Standard, Nearline, and Coldline to Archive class.