Cloud Storage

Object storage for companies of all sizes. Store any amount of data. Retrieve it as often as you’d like.

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    Unlimited storage with no minimum object size

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    Worldwide accessibility and worldwide storage locations

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    Low latency 

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    High durability (99.999999999% annual durability)

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    Geo-redundancy if the data is stored in a multi-region or dual-region

Key features

Reliable and secure object storage

Transition to lower-cost classes easily

Configure your data with Object Lifecycle Management (OLM) to automatically transition to lower-cost storage classes when it meets the criteria you specify, such as when it reaches a certain age or when you’ve stored a newer version of the data.

Multiple redundancy options

Cloud Storage has an ever-growing list of storage bucket locations where you can store your data with multiple automatic redundancy options. Whether you are optimizing for split-second response time, or creating a robust disaster recovery plan, customize where and how you store your data.

Easily transfer data to Cloud Storage

Whether you're coming from an online or on-premises source, our online storage transfer solutions enable you to manage large-scale data transfers easily, securely, and efficiently. Storage Transfer Service and Transfer Service for on-premises data offer two highly performant pathways to Cloud Storage—both with the scalability and speed you need to simplify the data transfer process.

See Transfer Service details here.

Storage classes for any workload

Save costs without sacrificing performance by storing data across different storage classes. 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.

Nearline Storage: Low cost. Good for data that can be stored for at least 30 days, including data backup and long-tail multimedia content.

Coldline Storage: Very low cost. Good for data that can be stored for at least 90 days, including disaster recovery.

Archive Storage: Lowest cost. Good for data that can be stored for at least 365 days, including regulatory archives.

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Using the Console

Learn the fundamentals of buckets and storing your data and interact with Cloud Storage through the Google Cloud Console.

Using the gsutil tool

Learn the fundamentals of buckets and storing your data and interact with Cloud Storage through the command-line tool, gsutil.

Baseline: Infrastructure

Get hands-on experience with Cloud Storage and other key application services with this Qwiklabs Quest.

Google Cloud Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure

A one-day instructor-led Qwiklabs class providing an overview of Google Cloud products and services.

APIs & Libraries
Cloud Storage client libraries

Client libraries enable you to interact with Cloud Storage using popular programming languages.

APIs & Libraries
Cloud Storage resources

Find information on pricing, public datasets, third-party software, and more.

APIs & Libraries
Explore what you can build on Google Cloud

Find Google Cloud technical resource guides on how to use Cloud Storage for developers and enterprises.

Use cases

Use cases

Use case
Integrated repository for analytics and ML

The highest level of availability and performance within a single region is ideal for compute, analytics, and machine learning workloads in a particular region. Cloud Storage is also strongly consistent, giving you confidence and accuracy in analytics workloads.

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Media content storage and delivery

Geo-redundant storage with the highest level of availability and performance is ideal for low-latency, high-QPS content serving to users distributed across geographic regions. Cloud Storage provides the availability and throughput needed to stream audio or video directly to apps or websites.

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Backups and archives

Cloud Storage provides fast, low-cost, highly durable storage for data accessed less than once a month. Perfect for reducing the cost of backups and archives while still retaining immediate access. Backup data in Cloud Storage can be used for more than just recovery because all storage classes have ms latency and are accessed through a single API.

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All features

All features

Object Lifecycle Management Define conditions that trigger data deletion or transition to a cheaper storage class.
Object Versioning Continue to store old copies of objects when they are deleted or overwritten.
Retention policies Define minimum retention periods that objects must be stored for before they’re deletable.
Object holds Place a hold on an object to prevent its deletion.
Customer-managed encryption keys Encrypt object data with encryption keys stored by the Cloud Key Management Service and managed by you.
Customer-supplied encryption keys Encrypt object data with encryption keys created and managed by you.
Uniform bucket-level access Uniformly control access to your Cloud Storage resources by disabling object ACLs.
Requester Pays Require accessors of your data to include a project ID to bill for network charges, operation charges, and retrieval fees.
Bucket Lock Bucket Lock allows you to configure a data retention policy for a Cloud Storage bucket that governs how long objects in the bucket must be retained.
Pub/Sub notifications for Cloud Storage Send notifications to Pub/Sub when objects are created, updated, or deleted.
Cloud Audit Logs with Cloud Storage Maintain admin activity logs and data access logs for your Cloud Storage resources.
Object- and bucket-level permissions Cloud Identity and Access Management (IAM) allows you to control who has access to your buckets and objects.


Cloud Storage pricing

Pricing for Cloud Storage services is based on what you use, including the amount of data you store, the duration for which you store it, the number of operations you perform on your data, and the network resources used when moving or accessing your data. For “cold” storage classes meant to store long-term, infrequently accessed data, there are also charges for retrieving data and early deletion of data.

To get a custom pricing quote, connect with a sales representative.

Standard Storage Nearline Storage Coldline Storage Archive Storage
starting at $.02 per GB per month starting at $.01 per GB per month starting at $.004 per GB per month starting at $.0012 per GB per month

If you pay in a currency other than USD, the prices listed in your currency on Google Cloud SKUs apply.



Google Cloud partners integrate their industry-leading tools with Cloud Storage for enhanced support with everything from security and data transfer, to data backup and archive.