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Public Cloud Storage Services
September 2022
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SCRUM Master at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
One of the top 3 clouds that is easy to use and has excellent capacity
Pros and Cons
  • "The capacity and space on offer are excellent."
  • "They need a better, more visual, user interface for folders and files."

What is our primary use case?

We have automation for extracting information and putting that information in files in buckets for other integrations with other apartments of my company we use this solution for storage and integration.

What is most valuable?

The capacity and space on offer are excellent.

It's easy to use. All services in the cloud are easy to use as you have a service account. You can manage the security very well, however, that is the same in all cloud network services.

The cloud setup is easy for experienced individuals.

The solution is stable and reliable. 

What needs improvement?

They need a better, more visual, user interface for folders and files. Right now, you can see a list of five. You need to see some details, more folders, and be able to drag and drop the folders. That would be useful.

Those new to GoogleCloud may struggle a bit with the setup.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used the solution for two or maybe even three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is excellent.

I can't think of a better service that's provided in South America. The infrastructure overall is very stable and reliable. It's one of the top three clouds for sure.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution scales very, very well. There's as much space, as much capacity, as we need.

There are about 200 users right now. I work in a corporate technology center and we know a lot of IT people that work in storage, although not so much in the cloud. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I'm also aware of Amazon and Microsoft and they all have the better infrastructure in terms of data centers in the world. They are all stable and all offer good uptime. 

How was the initial setup?

The original setup is easy. I create buckets, however, I did not set up the first bucket in the company. That said, it's easy to use. In general, if you have knowledge about IT services or previously worked in a cloud, the implementation is not difficult. That said, if you are new in IT and new to the cloud, it is more difficult as you need to make relations in your mind between different services. It's best to have experienced people on it while you are setting it up.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I'm not sure about the licensing arrangement. We may pay yearly, however, we may also have negotiated pricing over more of a long term. We do plan to use the product for the long term.

What other advice do I have?

I'd rate the solution ten out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Google
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Director - Infrastructure Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
It provides easy versioning and great security
Pros and Cons
  • "It has easy versioning. The versioning is amenable to any changes. It also has great security. It can only be accessed through an API, and only the requested users can access it. It is optimized for data lakes and comprehensive data management."
  • "We need to do versioning each and every time, that is, check-in and check-out. If a person forgets to do that, then there could be an issue in the replacement of that particular object in the storage. It will be great if it can be automatically managed."

What is our primary use case?

We are using Microsoft Azure Block Storage to accumulate and store all unstructured data, that is, different files such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, or any other streaming or video files. Whenever there is any unstructured data, you can use the Microsoft Azure Block Storage to deal with it.

What is most valuable?

It has easy versioning. The versioning is amenable to any changes. 

It also has great security. It can only be accessed through an API, and only the requested users can access it. It is optimized for data lakes and comprehensive data management.

What needs improvement?

We need to do versioning each and every time, that is, check-in and check-out. If a person forgets to do that, then there could be an issue in the replacement of that particular object in the storage. It will be great if it can be automatically managed.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for the last two to three years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There are absolutely no issues. They're really great at stability. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It has great scalability.

How was the initial setup?

It is quite straightforward. You can set it up even when you don't know much about it. You log into Azure.com, which is free for one year, and take a virtual machine and storage and then run your own website through Microsoft Azure Block Storage. You can store your image files, videos, and other document files from there. It is very easy. Oracle Cloud and AWS also provide the same ease of use, not only Azure.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

In terms of pricing, Azure is quite cheaper than AWS. However, I have recently read that Oracle Cloud Generation 2 storage is quite cheaper than Azure. I haven't used it yet. 

We need to look at a customer's requirements, and, based on that, we can suggest the storage. You can save at least 20% with Azure as compared to AWS, which is quite costly.

What other advice do I have?

I have worked on similar solutions from Oracle and Amazon. Feature-wise, they all provide the same features. However, I found Azure more convenient to work on than other solutions. It is very easy to use for data analytics purposes as well as for storing the archive data or long-term use data, that is, non-relational and unstructured data.

I would rate Microsoft Azure Block Storage a ten out of ten. It is really good.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
RaviKumar11 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Business Development Manager at HCL Technologies
Real User
Flexible, reliable, and beneficial for small sized companies
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable features of Google Cloud Storage are flexibility and sustainability."
  • "Google Cloud Storage can improve by having better integration and migration tools."

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of Google Cloud Storage are flexibility and sustainability.

What needs improvement?

Google Cloud Storage can improve by having better integration and migration tools.

There's a concept called parallel runs. Whenever you are migrating from an assets platform to the target platform. To some extent, once you migrate into the Google Cloud Storage platform, none of the customers are ready to decommission their existing platform. In this case, you have to parallelly verify both the assets and migrated systems for them to work. Google Cloud Storage as of now, doesn't have any parallel verification system, while Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure do. Adding this feature would add value and enable them to handle large-scale migration engagement.

Google Cloud Storage needs to have a complete end-to-end solution to be competitive with the other offerings.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Google Cloud Storage for approximately four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Google Cloud Storage is a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Most of the clients that are using Google Cloud Storage are small-scale companies. Insurance companies and banks typically use Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure.

I have found Google Cloud Storage to be scalable but has limits.

How are customer service and support?

We have reached out to Google if there are any changes in the storage or any other issues. As a Google partner, which gives us a different level of support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I previously used Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. 

Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure have an end-to-end solution. Google Cloud Storage, recently entered the market, they don't have their own solutions for migration and transformation, they are depending on any other service providers.

How was the initial setup?

Google Cloud Storage's initial setup is simple.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of Google Cloud Storage is reasonable when compared to other similar solutions.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Google Cloud Storage a nine out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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