Developers Can Now Ship Hard Drives To Google To Import Large Amounts Of Data To Cloud Storage

Posted: June 19, 2013 in Google, GT
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Google just added a new service to Google Cloud
Storage that will allow developers to send their hard
drives to Google to import very large data sets that
would otherwise be too expensive and time-
consuming to import. For a flat fee of $80 per hard
drive, Google will take the drive and upload the data into a Cloud Storage bucket. This, Google says, can
be “faster or less expensive than transferring data
over the Internet.” The service is now in limited
preview for users with a U.S.-based return address. Platforms like AWS and Google’s Cloud Platform are
obviously great for analyzing large data sets. As
Google software engineer Lamia Youseff notes in
today’s announcement, however, “transferring large
data sets (in the hundreds of terabytes and beyond)
can be expensive and time-consuming over the public network.” Uploading 5 terabytes of data over a
100Mbps line could easily take a day or two and most
developers may not even have these kinds of
connections. Amazon, it’s worth noting, already offers a very
similar service. It, too, charges $80 per hard drive,
but in typical Amazon fashion, the company also
charges a per-hour fee for importing the data.
Importing a 5 terabyte hard drive to S3, Amazon
calculates, will cost an additional $45 for an eSATA drive, which makes Google’s flat-fee service
significantly cheaper. While Amazon also allows you
to export your data using a hard disk, though, Google
doesn’t currently offer this service.

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