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Google Cloud Storage is #3 ranked solution in top Public Cloud Storage Services and #6 ranked solution in top Cloud Storage tools. IT Central Station users give Google Cloud Storage an average rating of 8 out of 10. Google Cloud Storage is most commonly compared to Amazon S3 Glacier:Google Cloud Storage vs Amazon S3 Glacier. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 33% of all views.
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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Pricing Advice

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."
  • "It's an inexpensive product."
  • "I use the free version and have never paid for any extra storage. I have been able to manage in whatever free spaces are given."
  • "Its price is fine."
  • "Better pricing would be helpful."

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Nhan Tran
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. 

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 technical 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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MF
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
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Jon Powell
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
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Manager at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Provides great security and a good interface that works well with other applications

Pros and Cons

  • "From an availability perspective it's fantastic; from a security perspective it's fantastic."
  • "Could be improved from a storage perspective and a cost perspective."

What is our primary use case?

I'm a manager in an Indian-based company and we are customers of Google. 

What is most valuable?

In the two years I've been using this solution, I haven't had a single minute of downtime. That is what's fantastic about the cloud. I know the product is very secure since there was an attempt at a cyber attack some months ago, and the attackers could not penetrate into the Google Cloud. They might be able to attack some on-prem applications but not these applications. From an availability perspective it's fantastic; from a security perspective it's fantastic. I like the interface, it works well with other applications.

What needs improvement?

I think improvements can be made from a storage perspective and a cost perspective. We're currently working on the application modernization and I think that the integration section of Google and the cloud could be simplified. Integration across various applications isn't always successful.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using this solution for over two years. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is fantastic. We've been able to scale up and down as necessary. We have close to 450 users. I think we will probably extend it. Since the attempted attack, management is now of the opinion that it's best to migrate all the on-prem applications to cloud.

How are customer service and technical support?

I am satisfied with the technical support. We are in contact with Google's account manager in India and that works well. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was complex and the team struggled for a couple of weeks. That was two years ago and things have changed a lot since then. Initially we took on service from the supplier but now we have expert consultants who can manage anything on cloud.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated everything; AWS, Azure and Google. For various reasons, we settled on Google. 

What other advice do I have?

I rate this solution a nine out of 10. 

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: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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VaishnaviM
Associate Software Development Engineer at Publicis Sapient
Real User
User-friendly and convenient

Pros and Cons

  • "Some of the most valuable features are how convenient and easy to use this solution is. It's very user-friendly and meets all my requirements."
  • "Google Cloud Storage could be improved by increasing the drive capacity."

What is our primary use case?

My primary use case of this solution is file storage. You can store almost everything in there—files of all formats—and the storage capacity is pretty good. I believe the drive capacity is 15GB or so. This is a cloud-based solution, so you're always using the latest version. 

What is most valuable?

Some of the most valuable features are how convenient and easy to use this solution is. It's very user-friendly and meets all my requirements. 

What needs improvement?

Google Cloud Storage could be improved by increasing the drive capacity. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for many years now. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable. The drive could have more capacity. There is easily a minimum of around 70% to 75% of users in my organization who use this Google Cloud Storage

How are customer service and support?

I have never contacted technical support, but I know friends who have. My friends gave me very positive feedback about getting immediate support. I've heard Google's support is very good. 

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

I have used Dropbox too, but I usually prefer Google Cloud Storage. When I started using Google Cloud Storage, it was easy to use and met all my requirements, so I haven't switched back since. 

How was the initial setup?

Since this is a cloud-based solution, installation is pretty straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

I implemented this solution myself. 

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

I use the free version and have never paid for any extra storage. I have been able to manage in whatever free spaces are given. 

What other advice do I have?

I rate this solution a 9.5 to 10 out of 10. 

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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MM
Consultant IBM Maximo at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Consultant
Top 10
User-friendly, flexible, and stable

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is flexible and very user-friendly."
  • "The solution should improve its security and accountability."

What is our primary use case?

I primarily use the solution for personal storage of documents, etc.

What is most valuable?

Everything about the solution is excellent. It's very fluid.

The solution is flexible and very user-friendly.

The drag and drop functionality is very good.

What needs improvement?

I'm not sure if there are any improvements necessary. For my purposes, it works very well.

The solution should improve its security and accountability.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution since about 2010 or 2011. It's been almost a decade.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is highly stable. I've never faced any issues accessing it. It's never crashed and I've never seen bugs or glitches.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution allows for one terabyte of data. In terms of personal use, that is quite enough for me. I don't need more than that. I don't think I will need to scale in the future.

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

I didn't previously use another cloud storage solution. Google Cloud Storage was my first platform.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very straightforward. It's already set up when you sign up for your email account. There's absolutely nothing a person needs to do. You just drag and drop in files and that's it.

What about the implementation team?

I handled everything myself. I did not need the assistance of a consultant or integrator.

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

The solution is free to use and comes with one terabyte of free memory. If you need more than that, you may have to pay.

What other advice do I have?

Due to its general user-friendliness, I'd rate the solution nine out of ten overall.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Abdulla Pathan
Technology Competency and Solution Head at LearningMate
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Good price, stable, scalable, and allows us to work offline

Pros and Cons

  • "It is stable and scalable."
  • "Its security should be better from the data security point of view. It should be more secure, and it should get tightly integrated with products such as Google Docs and Google Sheets. Microsoft covers different kinds of tools such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel."

What is our primary use case?

We are using Google Cloud Storage mainly for our document management. We have its latest version.

What is most valuable?

It is stable and scalable.

What needs improvement?

Its security should be better from the data security point of view. It should be more secure, and it should get tightly integrated with products such as Google Docs and Google Sheets. Microsoft covers different kinds of tools such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable. You can scale based on your users. We have more than a thousand users, and it allows me to share across my team.

How are customer service and technical support?

We don't need any support.

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

We tried using other tools from AWS and Microsoft. We have a very limited number of users on Microsoft Azure. Office 365 is only for the senior leadership.

How was the initial setup?

Being a cloud solution, it doesn't require installation. I can also use it offline. To use it offline, I need to install an app on my machine that allows me to work offline and gets synced without my server.

It is completely cloud-managed. We don't need a separate team to maintain it. We only have our regular IT team that creates the users, and they automatically get signed up to Google Storage.

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

Its price is fine. 

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others. We plan to keep using 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
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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YB
Director
Real User
Top 20
Easy to use and makes our information accessible to everybody in the company

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the ease and accessibility of information.

What needs improvement?

It would be good to have more storage space. The user interface could be more intuitive.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Google Cloud Storage for a few months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Google Cloud Storage is stable, although, on two occasions, all of the privileges were lost on one or more of our folders. We did not lose any data but it required that we reconfigure. Nobody here had made any changes, and just instantly we saw that we did not have access to one or more of the folders.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I'm not sure about the scalability because if we want more…

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the ease and accessibility of information.

What needs improvement?

It would be good to have more storage space.

The user interface could be more intuitive.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Google Cloud Storage for a few months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Google Cloud Storage is stable, although, on two occasions, all of the privileges were lost on one or more of our folders. We did not lose any data but it required that we reconfigure. Nobody here had made any changes, and just instantly we saw that we did not have access to one or more of the folders.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I'm not sure about the scalability because if we want more storage then we have to pay for that. We may have to subscribe to another package, but I believe that it's quite easily scalable.

There are six people in my office who use this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have never had to make a request for support.

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

Better pricing would be helpful.

What other advice do I have?

This is a good solution and I would recommend it to others. However, better pricing or more storage would be an improvement.

I would rate this solution an eight 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.