Google Cloud Nearline Storage

What is Google Cloud Nearline Storage?

Google Cloud Nearline Storage is a public cloud storage service from Google intended for storing infrequently accessed data. It best suited for storing data that users access no more than once a month. This type of storage is known as cold storage.

The Nearline service requires a 30-day minimum storage duration. It provides slightly lower availability than other storage classes, with only 99.95% in multi-regions and dual-regions, as well as 99.9% in regions.

Google Cloud Nearline is one of four cloud storage classes within the Google cloud storage platform. The other three classes are:

  • Google Cloud Standard Storage. For frequently accessed data, also known as "hot data."
  • Google Cloud Coldline Storage. For infrequently accessed data and a 90-day minimum storage duration.
  • Google Cloud Archive Storage. For data archiving, online backup and disaster recovery with a 365-day minimum storage duration.
Chart showing the differences between Google storage classes.
Review the differences between Google storage classes.

All storage classes include features such as:

  • Unlimited storage with no minimum object size
  • Worldwide accessibility and storage locations
  • 999999999% annual durability
  • Geo-redundancy
  • Low latency

Nearline pricing is based on a pay-per-usage model, and as of this writing, it starts at $0.010 per GB per month and price varies by region. Additionally, there is a data retrieval fee of $0.01 per GB.

Google Cloud Nearline is used primarily by cloud administrators, archive managers, compliance officers and any other IT professional that needs to store data that's infrequently accessed by enterprise applications and users.

Google Cloud Nearline Storage shares the same infrastructure as other services within Google Cloud, which allows it to integrate with other Google cloud services, such as Google Compute Engine and Google App Engine.

This was last updated in November 2022

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