If you’ve ever gone grocery shopping on an empty stomach, you know how easy it is to blow your budget without even realizing it. That’s why making a list and sticking to it can be really helpful. The same goes for managing your cloud storage costs. Just like grocery shopping, it’s important to plan ahead and track your usage to avoid any unexpected surprises on your monthly bill.
When it comes to Google Cloud Storage, pricing can be a bit more complicated than a simple shopping list. It’s a compilation of several components, including data storage, networking, operations, retrieval, and early deletion fees. Each of these components has its own pricing tables that consider factors such as region and operation type.
Now, let’s take a closer look at each pricing category using an example from my company, Jen’s Jams.
Data Storage Costs
Data storage costs apply to the storage of your data in the cloud. There are different options for data storage based on your needs. For example, regional or multi-regional storage is suitable for frequently accessed data like website content or mobile applications. At Jen’s Jams, we use multi-regional storage because we have customers all over the world. The cost for multi-regional storage is $0.026 per gigabyte.
In addition to multi-regional storage, there is also nearline storage. This is a low-cost option for infrequently accessed data like data backups or archival storage. Nearline storage costs $0.01 per gigabyte. Despite storing more data in nearline storage, the total cost is still lower than multi-regional storage.
Network usage charges apply when data is read from your buckets. The cost depends on various factors, and there are some specific scenarios where egress can be free. For example, if you have a bucket located in a region and access data from a Google Cloud Platform service located in a multi-region on the same continent, you won’t incur any egress costs.
Operations refer to actions that make changes to or retrieve information about buckets and objects in cloud storage. These operations are divided into different categories, such as class A, class B, and free. Each class has its own pricing, and costs vary based on the storage class.
For example, in multi-region storage, class A operations cost $0.05 per 10,000 operations. In my case, the totals for class A operations in multi-region storage and class B operations in multi-region storage and nearline storage are $4.00 and $1.00, respectively.
As you can see, there’s more to cloud storage pricing than meets the eye. The total cost of cloud storage for my company, Jen’s Jams, adds up to $7,460.22. However, it’s important to note that prices may change over time, so be sure to refer to the documentation for up-to-date pricing information.
Understanding the costs of cloud storage is crucial for managing your expenses effectively. By predicting and tracking your data usage, you can anticipate your monthly costs and avoid any budgetary surprises.
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