Storage overview

Google Distributed Cloud Hosted (GDCH) Storage is responsible for providing block and object storage. Each type offers different tiers of storage, as described in the following sections.

Block storage

GDCH offers secure, reliable, durable, and low-latency network-based block storage that virtual machines (VMs) and containers can access like physical disks. Block storage is located independently from GDCH VMs and containers, and can be preserved even after the VMs and containers are deleted. Block storage performance scales automatically with size, and can be resized to meet workload performance and space requirements. GDCH block storage currently provides the following price and performance SKUs:

  • Balanced block storage: Solid-state drive (SSD) block storage that offers balanced performance and cost for general use.

Object storage

Object storage, also known as object-based storage, is a computer data storage architecture designed to handle large amounts of unstructured data. Unlike other architectures, it designates data as distinct units, bundled with metadata and a unique identifier that can be used to locate and access each data unit. GDCH offers two different classes of object storage to allow you to balance between cost and performance. You can start with a class that matches your current use, then reconfigure for cost savings.

  • Standard storage: Good for hot data that's accessed frequently, including websites, streaming videos, and mobile apps. Data must be stored for at least 30 days.
  • Nearline storage: Good for data that's accessed less frequently, including data backup and long-tail multimedia content. Data must be stored for at least 60 days.