Cloud Storage

Cloud storage is the ability to store, access and manage data and files over the public or private Internet, using cloud computing platforms. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) offers multiple tiers of cloud storage, supporting varying locations, costs, access times, frequencies, redundancy and minimum storage durations.

The paradigm of storing, accessing and managing data over the public or private Internet brings with it many advantages, including cost-effectiveness, virtually infinite scalability, operational efficiency (rapid deployment), business continuity (data loss protection etc.), security and regulatory compliance.

Cloud Storage Customization by Stacktics

Stacktics understands that there is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to storing files or objects. Depending on workloads/use cases, requirements may vary widely in consideration for cost, security, performance, durability etc. Cloud computing environments offer multiple classes of storage services to fulfill a broad spectrum of storage needs. For instance, GCP offers:

  • Standard Storage: for briefly-stored frequently accessed hot data, such as websites, streaming video, mobile apps; or keeping data in the same location as Google Kubernetes Engine clusters or Compute Engine instances for maximum performance
  • Nearline Storage: for low cost, highly durable storage service for storing infrequently accessed backup data less than once a month
  • Coldline Storage: for very low cost highly durable storage of disaster recovery backup to be accessed at most once a quarter
  • Archive Storage: for lowest cost data archiving expected to be accessed once a year. Different minimum data storage time periods apply per class, as shown in Fig 1 below.
Fig. 1. Availability and minimum storage for storage classes

The tradeoff for lower-cost storage at rest, is higher access costs and slower access rates.


All storage classes come with:

  • Unlimited storage with no minimum object size
  • Worldwide accessibility and worldwide storage locations
  • Low latency (time to first byte typically tens of milliseconds)
  • High durability (99.999999999% annual durability)
  • Geo-redundancy if the data is stored in a multi-region or dual-region
  • A uniform experience with cloud storage features, security, tools, and APIs


Cloud storage supports the growth of a business and eliminates the need for multiple solutions. Connect with a Stacktics data solutions expert to unravel the possibilities of cloud storage for your business.

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