Archival Cloud Storage: Nearline and Coldline

Highly available, affordable solutions for backup, archival and disaster recovery.

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Redefining Archival Cloud Storage

Redefining Archival Cloud Storage

Nearline and Coldline offer ultra low-cost, highly-durable, highly available archival storage. Coldline is ideal for cold storagedata your business expects to touch less than once a year. For warmer storage, choose Nearline: data you expect to access less than once a month, but possibly multiple times throughout the year. Both options are available across all GCP regions and provide unparalleled sub-second access speeds with a consistent API.

Industry-leading price and performance

Gone are the days of retrieving data from tape backup. Your data stored in Nearline and Coldline is available to you in sub-second average response times, rather than in hours or days. With 1 cent per GB/month pricing for Nearline and 0.4 cents per GB/month pricing for Coldline, Google Cloud Storage delivers price and performance that lead the industry across all your data archival requirements. And with a 99% availability SLA, you’ll know your data will be there when you need it with unmatched cloud storage for your enterprise.

Usable cold storage

With low latency and a consistent API across Google Cloud Storage, Coldline introduces cold storage you can actually use. Tap your data archived in Coldline directly from applications with low latency, comparable to the other storage classes. When it comes to archival and business continuity, Coldline changes what the industry can expect from cold storage in the cloud.

Google-grade security

From the smallest workgroup to the largest enterprise, your business can rely on Google-grade security to protect your most critical documents, media, and unique assets. Your data travels Google’s private network and is stored using the same secure infrastructure Google itself relies on.

Simple and unified across your data life cycle

With a focus on simplicity, Google Cloud Storage offers a unified product across the entire range of storage classes, featuring consistent access APIs. New Object life cycle management feature allows your data to transition seamlessly from one storage class to the next, depending on your business’s cost and availability needs at the time. Data movement is seamless and automatic based on criteria you control—all without having to perform any data migration.


Transfer service

Schedule data import from Amazon S3, HTTP/HTTPS, and on-premises locations. Simplify life cycle management through automated archival and deletion.

Fast performance

Sub-second latency for complex queries and data retrieval. Commitment to a 99% availability SLA.

Familiar APIs

Use the same APIs across Google Cloud Platform Storage services, including versioning, range scans, and offset reads.

Partner integrations

Integrations with leading solution providers: Actifio, Cohesity, Commvault, NetApp, Rubrik and many more.

Low cost

Capacity pricing is 1 cent per GB / month for data at rest for Nearline and 0.4 cents per GB / month for data at rest for Coldline. Calculate your savings with Archival Cloud Storage.


Archival Cloud Storage is designed to provide 99.999999999% durability of objects over a given year.


High read throughput and predictable performance enables IT to set recovery point and time objectives.


Data is protected through redundant storage.

That's a pretty staggering point of differentiation. Google is offering essentially real-time access to archived files compared to Glacier that strings it out for hours.

Ben Kepes, Forbes


Google Cloud has developed a growing ecosystem of partnerships with industry-leading data management and protection companies that integrate with Google Cloud Storage to help organizations modernize their backup, archival, and disaster recovery on Google’s world-class infrastructure.

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1 Conditions Apply: Only for new Google Cloud Platform customers who migrate 1 PB within the first three months and applies only to at-rest storage charges for 100 PB in Google Cloud Storage Nearline or Coldline for the first one month, and potentially additional months if customers commit to migrate more than 1 PB. Customers must also maintain at least 1 PB per month in Cloud Storage Nearline or Coldline for 12 months after the initial three-month period. Special Cases: Tell us if your product is not accessed directly from the console, e.g., AI Platform Notebooks.