Great Storage Alternative to AWS
Updated April 19, 2019

Great Storage Alternative to AWS

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Google Cloud Storage

We currently use Google Cloud Storage on the I.T. operations side. Our end users all use Google Drive as their primary storage. On the operations side, we use it for the long-term storage of critical information. We also keep data in Google Cloud Storage long-term for servers (physical, virtual, cloud) that have been retired. Archiving data in Google Cloud Storage allows us to eliminate physical media.
  • Archiving data long-term.
  • Providing quick access to data.
  • Higher performance backups.
  • It would help if it were easier to mount Google Cloud Storage.
  • Costs could be lower.
  • I would like to see a way to archive physical server data to Google Cloud Storage without first sucking the entire server up into the Google Cloud.
  • The elimination of physical media for long-term storage has been a huge win.
  • The ability to create a new VM but attach long-term storage is particularly helpful in the inevitable instance of a user needing something.
  • Day-to-day backups are much more efficient.
We ended up with Google Cloud Storage most importantly because we found it far easier to set up, configure, and operate compared to Amazon's offerings. Amazon's many products make it difficult to find just the right one, and from there configuring is overly complicated. In addition, we were already operating a few servers in the Google Cloud Platform.
Google Cloud Storage's performance is great and it meets our needs. However, there is always room for improvement. As a small organization, I realize our standards are likely lower than those of larger organizations.
For a small organization, it would really help to see it be more user-friendly. Google needs to do more to address the needs of small IT operations, especially around usability. I feel like we did put more time than we should have up front learning about how to use the tools available to us.
We find Google Cloud Storage well suited for our active servers, and also the long-term backup of data. The days of archiving old servers to physical disks are over. We can now move old servers to the Google Cloud, and then save the storage long-term while shutting down the actual server.

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