Google Introduces New Cloud Storage for Developers

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-05-20 Print this article Print

Google Storage for Developers utilizes the RESTful application programming interface (API) and Google's vast existing storage and networking infrastructure to store code from cloud-computing projects while they are being built.

Google on May 20 launched a new cloud storage service specifically for software developers that will provide another option alongside several similar online services, including Amazon's well-established Simple Storage Service, or S3.

The announcement was made at the Google I/O 2010 developers' conference at Moscone West in San Francisco.

Amazon might have anticipated this new competition, announcing May 19 that it is trimming its storage rates for S3 by 33 percent.

Google Storage for Developers utilizes the RESTful application programming interface (API) and Google's vast existing storage and networking infrastructure to store data and code from cloud-computing projects while they are being built.

In the Web services world, REpresentational State Transfer (REST) is a key design idiom that embraces a stateless client/server architecture in which the Web services are viewed as resources and can be identified by their URLs.

Using this API, it becomes much easier for developers to connect their applications to Google's storage, which is replicated across several of its U.S. data centers.

The new Google service offers multiple authentication methods, SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) support, and access controls for sharing with individuals and groups, Jessie Jiang of the Google Storage for Developers Team wrote in a blog.

"It is highly scalable-supporting read-after-write data consistency, objects of hundreds of gigabytes in size per request, and a domain-scoped namespace. In addition, developers can manage their storage from a Web-based interface and use GSUtil, an open-source command-line tool and library," Jiang wrote.

Jiang said that Google Storage for Developers is being opened "to a limited number of developers at this time. During the preview, each developer will receive up to 100GB of data storage and 300Gbit monthly bandwidth at no charge."

To learn more and sign up for the waiting list, visit the Google Storage for Developers site.

Jiang said that the team will be demonstrating the service at Google I/O 2010 in a session and in the Developer Sandbox.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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