Google Steps Up to Help Get Companies in the Cloud with Transfer Appliance
The biggest irony of storing loads of data in the cloud is that it has to get there first. For some companies, that means their data takes a cross country road trip.
Today’s destination? Mountain View California.
Google has stepped up it’s cloud migration game, recently introducing the Google Transfer Appliance (GTA), which is essentially a shippable network connected hard drive capable of storing 100 TB or 480 TB of raw data before it’s uploaded to Google’s Cloud Servers. Essentially, GTA is Google’s answer to Amazon Web Service’s Snowmobile, minus the truck.
How Does the Transfer Appliance Work?
Google ships users the Transfer Appliance, and after that, they will have 10 days to fill the smaller appliance or 25 days to fill the larger one before sending it back to Google where it can be uploaded to their Cloud service. It’s a rental product, and incurs late fees for durations longer than 10 or 25 days.
Upon receiving the Transfer Appliance, users install it into standard 18-inch data center racks, connect it to their local network and wait for it to fill up before sending it back to Google.
What Does the Transfer Appliance Cost?
What’s Great About the Transfer Appliance?
Who Does the Transfer Appliance Benefit?
To put it in perspective, Wal Mart has roughly 40 Petabytes in it’s data cloud.