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Google Cloud Filestore vs Google Cloud Storage: What are the differences?

Google Cloud Filestore and Google Cloud Storage are both cloud-based storage solutions offered by Google. While they serve the same purpose of storing and managing data, there are some key differences between the two.

  1. Storage Type: Google Cloud Filestore is a fully managed file storage service that provides a high-performance network attached storage (NAS) solution. On the other hand, Google Cloud Storage is an object storage service that allows you to store and retrieve any amount of data from anywhere on the web.

  2. Data Access: With Google Cloud Filestore, you can mount the file shares on Compute Engine instances in the same project and region. This allows you to access the data directly as if it were a local file system. In contrast, Google Cloud Storage provides RESTful APIs, which enables you to access the data programmatically over the internet.

  3. Performance: Google Cloud Filestore is optimized for high performance, providing low latency and high throughput for file-based workloads. It is particularly well-suited for applications that require high-performance file storage, such as content management systems and media processing workflows. In contrast, Google Cloud Storage offers scalable and durable object storage, making it suitable for storing large amounts of unstructured data.

  4. Cost Structure: The pricing model for Google Cloud Filestore is based on the amount of provisioned storage capacity and throughput you require. You pay for the resources you provision, regardless of the actual usage. On the other hand, Google Cloud Storage has a pay-as-you-go model, where you only pay for the actual storage consumed and data transfer.

  5. Data Durability: Google Cloud Storage provides multiple layers of redundancy to ensure high durability and availability of your data. It stores multiple copies of your data across different locations, making it highly resilient to failures. While Google Cloud Filestore also provides redundancy within a single zone, it does not offer the same level of data durability as Google Cloud Storage.

  6. Use Cases: Google Cloud Filestore is suitable for workloads that require shared file access, such as application development and data processing tasks. It is particularly well-suited for applications that require high-performance file storage, such as content management systems and media processing workflows. On the other hand, Google Cloud Storage is ideal for storing and serving static content, backing up data, and hosting websites.

In summary, Google Cloud Filestore is a managed file storage service optimized for high-performance file-based workloads, while Google Cloud Storage is an object storage service designed for storing and retrieving any amount of data from anywhere on the web.

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We choose Backblaze B2 because it makes more sense for storing static assets.

We admire Backblaze's customer service & transparency, plus, we trust them to maintain fair business practices - including not raising prices in the future.

Lower storage costs means we can keep more data for longer, and lower bandwidth means cache misses don't cost a ton.

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Gabriel Pa

We offer our customer HIPAA compliant storage. After analyzing the market, we decided to go with Google Storage. The Nodejs API is ok, still not ES6 and can be very confusing to use. For each new customer, we created a different bucket so they can have individual data and not have to worry about data loss. After 1000+ customers we started seeing many problems with the creation of new buckets, with saving or retrieving a new file. Many false positive: the Promise returned ok, but in reality, it failed.

That's why we switched to S3 that just works.

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    What is Google Cloud Filestore?

    Cloud Filestore is a managed file storage service for applications that require a filesystem interface and a shared filesystem for data. Filestore gives users a simple, native experience for standing up managed Network Attached Storage (NAS) with their Google Compute Engine and Kubernetes Engine instances. The ability to fine-tune Filestore’s performance and capacity independently leads to predictably fast performance for your file-based workloads.

    What is Google Cloud Storage?

    Google Cloud Storage allows world-wide storing and retrieval of any amount of data and at any time. It provides a simple programming interface which enables developers to take advantage of Google's own reliable and fast networking infrastructure to perform data operations in a secure and cost effective manner. If expansion needs arise, developers can benefit from the scalability provided by Google's infrastructure.

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