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Google Cloud Storage is the #2 ranked solution in top Cloud Storage tools and #3 ranked solution in top Public Cloud Storage Services. PeerSpot users give Google Cloud Storage an average rating of 8.8 out of 10. Google Cloud Storage is most commonly compared to Amazon S3 Glacier: Google Cloud Storage vs Amazon S3 Glacier. Google Cloud Storage is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 58% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 19% of all views.
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What is Google Cloud Storage?

Google Cloud Storage offers developers and IT organizations durable and highly available object storage. Google created three simple product options to help you address the needs of your applications while keeping your costs low. These three product options use the same API, providing you with a simple and consistent method of access.

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What users are saying about Google Cloud Storage pricing:
  • "It's about nearly $10,000 USD to use the services on GCP, however, Google gave us a good deal which is why we originally went with them."
  • "If you're ready to pay, they're ready to give you as much storage as you want. Considering the features that Google Cloud Storage provides, the pricing is reasonable. So far, I'm still using the free service from them because I'm able to meet my requirements with the free subscription. Maybe, in the future, if a storage requirement comes, I'll pay for it or go for the license."
  • "It's an inexpensive product."
  • "In general, it's fairly priced."
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    Nhan Tran - PeerSpot reviewer
    Data & AI expert at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Easy to use and scalable with excellent technical support
    Pros and Cons
    • "It's user-friendly. We find it to be very easy to use."
    • "The problem I face right now is that my data warehouse is being hosted on Google Cloud, however, integration between Google Cloud to Microsoft Azure is a big problem."

    What is our primary use case?

    I'm helping the company build a data warehouse and expand it to utilize the current platform and build new machine-learning operations. All of the stack is currently stuck with the Google stack. I use BigQuery and their Data Studio to use as a data warehouse. I'm looking for another platform to build a machine-learning operation on. ProtectAI is good, however, it's quite new.

    What is most valuable?

    It's user-friendly. We find it to be very easy to use.

    They also have the SDK for the development team to integrate with their application, their system, which has been useful.

    The product is quite stable. 

    Google is targeting customers right now in the Vietnam market, and therefore, they have lots of promotions. They also have a lot of teams in Vietnam, so they give a lot of support and troubleshooting. 

    The product can scale. 

    The security is pretty good.

    What needs improvement?

    Comparing to Azure Machine Learning, Microsoft Azure is much better and they have more experience than Google. The problem I face right now is that my data warehouse is being hosted on Google Cloud, however, integration between Google Cloud to Microsoft Azure is a big problem.

    I would love to use Amazon S3 as it's more user-friendly and the SDK is better. It's easy to let the developer implement it, whereas Google Cloud Storage is hard for the developer to use. The SDK is quite complicated.

    The security could always be better.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have used the solution since I joined my current company. That was one and a half years ago. I have a little less than two years of experience. 

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    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability of the solution is great. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's reliable. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution can scale. If a company needs to expand it, it can. Compared to other options, it's quite good.

    The service and system technology team serves around 2,000 people.

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support has been great so far. Google has a lot of teams in the country that have been really helpful and responsive. They give us a lot of attention when we need to troubleshoot. 

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

    I've worked with Amazon and Azure in the past as well. 

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

    Since Google has recently targeted Vietnam, they've been offering many customers in the country lots of great promotions and incentives. 

    It's about nearly $10,000 USD to use the services on GCP, however, Google gave us a good deal which is why we originally went with them.

    We do pay a monthly fee to Google. We use a lot of their services. 

    What other advice do I have?

    As a cloud solution, we're always on the latest and most up-to-date version of the product. Google keeps it updated for us and we do not have to update anything manually.

    I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten. We've been pretty satisfied with the solution overall. 

    While AWS S3 is the best, and Microsoft is pretty good, I'd still recommend Google.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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    PMO at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Scalable and stable with a free version available for personal use
    Pros and Cons
    • "There is a free-to-use version. This is the version I use."
    • "While the solution seems to be secure, I worry that, with the cloud, there is a chance of hacking. It would be ideal if they could be more transparent about the processes they go through to keep our data secure in the cloud and on their systems."

    What is our primary use case?

    I primarily use the solution for storing documents. 

    What is most valuable?

    It's my understanding that the solution is secure.

    The solution is stable.

    The scalability is very good.

    There is a free-to-use version. This is the version I use.

    What needs improvement?

    While the solution seems to be secure, I worry that, with the cloud, there is a chance of hacking. It would be ideal if they could be more transparent about the processes they go through to keep our data secure in the cloud and on their systems. 

    I'd also like it to be more clear in terms of who is accessing the files and when. I'd like to know if and when someone downloads something or if a file has been manipulated, and who has accessed or changed it, in order to protect our company's most sensitive information.

    In my domain, you receive a lot of mail and a lot of publicity marketing and you need to trash them. I don't. One month ago, they told me that I have the maximum allowed storage and I would have to make space in my database. I don't have time to do that. Now, I check my email every day and I trash all things not necessary, and I'm not putting photos in it. I don't know why my database is already full. If you don't keep on top of deleting items and wait until it's almost full, it's so hard to go back and delete so much content.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I first started using the solution a few years ago. It's been a while. I would estimate it's been about six years or so at this point. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is very stable. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. The performance is good.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The product can scale up if you need it to.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I've never had to reach out to Google's technical support. I haven't had any issues with it. I can't speak to how helpful or responsive they would be if you contacted them.

    How was the initial setup?

    There's no installation process as the solution is cloud-based. You don't need to upload or install anything.

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

    The version I use is open-source. It doesn't cost anything to use. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I simply use this solution for my own personal purposes. 

    I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten.

    I would recommend this solution to other users.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    Mohamed Anees - PeerSpot reviewer
    Lead DevOps Engineer at Etisalat
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Stable, scalable, and has a useful filter feature
    Pros and Cons
    • "The most valuable feature of Google Cloud Storage is the filter option. You can search with some artificial intelligence kinds of features. For example, if I search for a beach, it'll show me all the beach-related pictures, which I took five or ten years before. So this is a cool feature that I've seen. They give as many features as they can to make it better, so I'm happy with this solution."
    • "Google Cloud Storage could be improved if they provided more free storage for free accounts."

    What is our primary use case?

    I primarily use Google Cloud Storage to store most of my large videos and images. It's very easy to filter it out and get something whenever it's required, rather than keeping it in the traditional way of storage. I use it for personal purposes. 

    This solution is cloud-based, so it's always on the latest version. 

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable feature of Google Cloud Storage is the filter option. You can search with some artificial intelligence kinds of features. For example, if I search for a beach, it'll show me all the beach-related pictures, which I took five or ten years before. So this is a cool feature that I've seen. They give as many features as they can to make it better, so I'm happy with this solution. 

    What needs improvement?

    Google Cloud Storage could be improved if they provided more free storage for free accounts. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Google Cloud Storage for more than five years. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    This solution is stable. So far, I've never faced any kinds of outages or unavailability. So far, so good. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    This solution provides scalability. If you're ready to pay, they're ready to give you as much storage as you want, so it's okay. 

    I'm continuously using Google Cloud Storage. I add a few photos or videos day by day, but there aren't many specific cases where I have to increase my usage.

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

    Before using Google Cloud Storage, I used the traditional method of storing things on a hard disk. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The installation process is straightforward and perfect. It doesn't require any technical knowledge, and you can do it yourself. It took me less than five to ten minutes. 

    What about the implementation team?

    I implemented this solution myself. 

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

    If you're ready to pay, they're ready to give you as much storage as you want. Considering the features that Google Cloud Storage provides, the pricing is reasonable. So far, I'm still using the free service from them because I'm able to meet my requirements with the free subscription. Maybe, in the future, if a storage requirement comes, I'll pay for it or go for the license. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate Google Cloud Storage a nine out of ten. In terms of security, scalability, availability, and free storage, I always recommend that people go for Google Cloud. 

    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
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    SyamSunder - PeerSpot reviewer
    Product Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Free up to 15GB, easy to add more data, and reliable
    Pros and Cons
    • "It is seamlessly integrated with your Android. There’s no fuss, no hassle."
    • "The solution only allows so much space for free."

    What is our primary use case?

    You would end up using Google Cloud storage for anything that has got to do with Google, for example, your Gmail, Google photos, your Google Drive and so on. It’s for storage.

    What is most valuable?

    I like the simplicity. It is seamlessly integrated with your Android. There’s no fuss, no hassle.

    The solution is stable.

    You can continue to add to your storage. You just have to pay and it will grow in size. It is also free up until 15GB.

    It's used by a lot of people.

    What needs improvement?

    The solution only allows so much space for free. Later, they forced me to buy additional storage. Now I'm a paying Google customer. 

    I'm not a fan of Gmail or the overall email viewing experience. I don’t like the interface. I prefer Microsoft and Outlook.

    I'd like to see them improve on that product. They should declutter the UI and keep it simple so that, for example, the latest conversation comes at the top of Gmail and you don't need to really break your head to figure out where things are. 

    My concern is that they could block me at any time for any reason. It’s not about security. It’s more about me being unsure how they can assure me of having access when I need my files. At some point, Google can just say “you’ve exhausted your storage” and you have to buy more to access to keep your files.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using the solution for barely three months. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    I haven’t had any issues with stability. There’s been nothing so far that I can think about in terms of issues. There are no bugs or glitches and it doesn’t crash or freeze. It’s reliable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It’s my understanding that almost everybody uses the product. Very few are still in the paying segment as they still may not have exhausted their quotas. Unless you are an avid Apple fan, you'll end up using Google Cloud. After all, who doesn't have a Gmail account?

    How are customer service and support?

    I don't recall any time in the recent past having contacted for support for a technical glitch.

    How was the initial setup?

    As a cloud-based solution, there isn't really any setup process to go through. 

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

    The solution is free at first, and then you have to pay. I've exhausted my quota of 15 GB which generally Google gives to every user.

    What other advice do I have?

    I’d recommend the solution to other users.

    I would rate the solution nine out of ten.

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    Jon Powell - PeerSpot reviewer
    Principle Data Engineer at Spring ML
    Real User
    Highly reliable, useful, simple to scale, and affordable
    Pros and Cons
    • "Google Cloud Storage is highly reliable."
    • "There are inefficiencies with cache when the names are sequencing."

    What is our primary use case?

    The company that I am with currently is doing consulting, and my previous company used it in the cloud. Both will be in the Google Cloud.

    I personally used Google Cloud Storage to upload data, and the company is using it to save data model training results, such as AI training results.

    How has it helped my organization?

    Its integration with BigQuery has helped in the organization's improvement.

    What is most valuable?

    Its blob storage, being able to handle large amounts of unstructured data, is very useful. 

    Google Cloud Storage is highly reliable.

    On the surface, it appears to be a straightforward product.

    It's everything you want, and not complex. 

    What needs improvement?

    There was one complicated use case at a previous firm, two years ago. If you didn't name it, but sequentially named it, and you saved your files over a day, and it's a sequence, there would be some inefficiency with the cachets. If you are trying to retrieve large blocks of files, there was a problem with the cache, it was inefficient.

    There are inefficiencies with cache when the names are sequencing.

    Creating a hierarchy can be a little difficult, and obtuse to deal with, but it is something that is workable for a good engineer.

    There is no learning curve as compared to other solutions.

     I would like to see some assistance in establishing a hierarchy.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been working with Google Cloud Storage for seven years.

    The versions are upgraded, but there are not many changes.

    In the past, we have used S3, and Amazon AWS.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Google Cloud Storage is an extremely reliable product. There are no issues with the stability of Google Cloud Storage.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Google Cloud Storage is a scalable solution.

    How are customer service and support?

    The Google technical support is not very good at all. But it's such a simple product that in my entire career, we have never had to contact support.

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

    I have several solutions such as BigQuery, Cloud Storage, Cloud Functions, Data Studio as well as Looker.

    I have been working with Google Data Studio for three or four years.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was fine.

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

    It's an inexpensive product.

    What other advice do I have?

    Solid, cheap, and performant are the three words that come to mind when describing this solution.

    I would rate Google Cloud Storage a nine 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
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    Elsedeeck Elrayes - PeerSpot reviewer
    Business Process Management Specialist and Business Continuity Management Coordinator at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Secure, performs well, and reasonably priced
    Pros and Cons
    • "On the phone, I appreciate how seamless it is."
    • "It was a little more complicated when compared to Apple."

    What is our primary use case?

    Google Cloud Storage is primarily used for backing up my devices, to sync my photos and videos.

    What is most valuable?

    The performance is good.

    I haven't had any issues with the security of Google Cloud Storage.

    I use it on the phone the majority of the time. On the phone, I appreciate how seamless it is. You don't have to be concerned about it because it's thinking in the background.

    What needs improvement?

    It is difficult to say what could be improved because it works in the background for me.

    I haven't done much with it on a laptop, but when I first logged in, it was a little more complex than Apple. 

    It was a little more complicated when compared to Apple. However, I believe they have simplified it in the most recent version. But I haven't had much access to it in a long time.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have worked with Google Cloud Storage for three years.

    We always use the most recent version. My phone automatically updates.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    I am satisfied with the stability of Google Cloud Storage. I haven't had any issues with the stability.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is for my personal use and not used by the organization.

    I will continue to use it on my own.

    How are customer service and support?

    I have not had to contact technical support. I have had no experience with them.

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

    I have worked with Enterprise Password Manager, Domain Name once or twice.

    How was the initial setup?

    My phone came with it pre-installed. In terms of installation, I didn't have to do anything. Everything was easy.

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

    In my opinion, it is well-priced. In general, it's fairly priced.

    Initially, I was working with the free version, now, I have updated to the paid version.

    I have paid for the first year, and it's reasonably priced for my needs.

    What other advice do I have?

    If you are on an Android platform, I would highly recommend it, but it depends on the ecosystem. However, if you're an Android user, I believe it's the most universal one for the device.

    I would rate Google Cloud Storage a nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    CirveshDaga - PeerSpot reviewer
    Enterprise Architect at Tech Mahindra
    Real User
    Top 5
    Useful native algorithms, quick setup, and reliable
    Pros and Cons
    • "Google Cloud Storage's most valuable feature is the native algorithms are available. Some of the algorithms are not available for the use cases that we had in Microsoft Azure. We didn't find any native algorithms and that's the reason why we decided to use the machine learning algorithms in GCP."
    • "Google Cloud Storage could improve the integrations in a way Microsoft Azure is going about it. For Data Lake integrations, Microsoft Azure has a bunch of native pipelines available. All Google needs to do is add the same set or maybe even improve on the sets that they have. All the analytics, including the Data Lake, would then be able to sit in Google Cloud Storage."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use Google Cloud Storage to copy, and do machine learning, then we send the information back to Microsoft Azure.

    What is most valuable?

    Google Cloud Storage's most valuable feature is the native algorithms are available. Some of the algorithms are not available for the use cases that we had in Microsoft Azure. We didn't find any native algorithms and that's the reason why we decided to use the machine learning algorithms in GCP.

    What needs improvement?

    Google Cloud Storage could improve the integrations in a way Microsoft Azure is going about it. For Data Lake integrations, Microsoft Azure has a bunch of native pipelines available. All Google needs to do is add the same set or maybe even improve on the sets that they have. All the analytics, including the Data Lake, would then be able to sit in Google Cloud Storage.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Google Cloud Storage for approximately one year.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Google Cloud Storage is fairly stable. It's as stable as Microsoft Azure. Thankfully, those customers that we had weren't hit by any downtime, which Microsoft Azure and GCP did see last year. However, our particular customer was very lucky they didn't face any downtime on either service.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The scalability of Google Cloud Storage is similar to Microsoft Azure. The scalability between GCP, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon AWS, are all at par, all three providers have the same growth pattern that they want to look at. All of them are setting up new regions and new locations. They are as scalable as each other. I don't think you would be in a position to put one ahead of the other.

    Machine learning is for a very specific use case and we have six people in our analytics team that are using this solution.

    How was the initial setup?

    Google Cloud Storage setup is only a couple of clicks and there's no installation per se. As long as the data feed pipeline is there, that part of the solution keeps running on its own and it will produce results based on what it learned.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would recommend this solution to others if their use case is compelling enough, such as for analytics.

    I rate Google Cloud Storage an eight out of ten.

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    Tanmoy Prasad - PeerSpot reviewer
    Head Of Information Technology at Unitech Ltd
    Real User
    Top 10
    Simple to start using with good reliability and easy file sharing
    Pros and Cons
    • "There's no implementation process."
    • "I don't find the solution very user-friendly."

    What is our primary use case?

    Primarily, I use the solution for all my documentation. Prior to this, I'd normally work three or four years in one company and take up an assignment, make things work there, and move out. All related documents I might share with someone physically. Now, all my documents are on the cloud and more easily accessible. 

    What is most valuable?

    It's simple to use. 

    There's no implementation process.

    What needs improvement?

    I don't find the solution very user-friendly.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using the solution for ten years now. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is stable. There are no bugs or glitches and it doesn't crash or freeze. it's reliable. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    For my personal needs, it's okay in terms of scalability. I don't see any challenges, however, I don't know how it would be for the commercial user.

    We have about 150 people in the company using it. It used to be 400. We're actually using it less. 

    How are customer service and support?

    We've never required technical support. 

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

    Personally, I used Rackspace, I think five, six years back, which I found it much easier to use, much simpler, and much easier to use.

    I'm using the product for my personal needs. In terms of Rackspace, I used to work for a development company, and there I used it for another client. The good part was that whenever I wanted to deploy the whole application, I got good technical support from them. In fact, their team in Hong Kong or Singapore, where they have a data center, that team had a lot of interaction with me on the deployment architecture. They finally suggested the whole solution, how it should be deployed, and how it could be scaled up and scaled down as the need arises. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The solution does come as part of a bundle. 

    There isn't a setup process. It's very easy to start using it. It's all in the cloud, ready to go. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I'd recommend the solution to others.

    I would rate it ten out of ten. If it was more intuitive, it would be even better.

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