Google just introduced a new solution to help organizations move large amounts of data to Google Cloud Platform. The GCP Transfer Appliance is a rackable high-capacity storage server that you can use to transfer data securely. Learn more about the solution and how it works below.
How GCP Transfer Appliance works
When you use Transfer Appliance, you get access to a physical storage unit that you can use to move your data. To make use of Transfer Appliance, you first need to set it up in your datacenter. There, you can fill the device up with data and then send it into Google. From there, Google uploads your data to Google Cloud Storage for you.
Benefits of GCP Transfer Appliance
Transfer Appliance comes with one petabyte of compressed storage. So migrating that amount of data over your network can take a lot longer than putting the data on a device and then physically moving it. Transfer Appliance gives organizations a simple way to get their data to GCP quickly and securely without physically having to handle the move themselves. (Perhaps not coincidentally, GCP’s main competitor, Amazon Web Services, has also been trying to grab a share of this heavy-duty transfer market.)
In a matter of weeks, you can have one petabyte of data accessible in Google Cloud Storage without consuming any of that precious outbound network bandwidth. So you still get to access those resources for other functions while transferring your data faster than you’d be able to through other methods. For a comparison, Transfer Appliance can have your data available in 43 days, where a typical network would take up to three years for that same amount of data to be accessible.
Costs and details of GCP Transfer Appliance
Transfer Appliance comes in two configurations: 100TB or 480TB of raw storage, which translates to 200TB or 1PB of compressed storage. The 100TB model is priced at $300 plus shipping, while the 480TB model is priced at $1,800 plus shipping.
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