A new service from Google aims to provide Google Cloud Platform users with a way to archive data at low cost — optionally via common backup products — and retrieve that data in seconds.The Cloud Storage Nearline service, billed in Google’s blog post as “a simple, low-cost, fast-response storage service with quick data backup, retrieval and access,” is an inexpensive way to perform cloud backups and an alternative to offline cold storage, where data is backed up to physical media. Data archived in such a way can be retained inexpensively — a single 6.25TB LTO tape costs around $40 retail — but even with a tape library, storing and retrieving the data is slow compared to most online storage solutions.

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