Google Shared Storage Pricing

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Google Shared Storage Pricing

Today Google announced a shared storage program that lets you buy extra storage space to be used across all of your combined Google services like Gmail, Picasa, etc. You can read the full announcement here.

What struck me as odd was the pricing. It’s expensive! Take a look at how much Google is charging compared to Amazon’s S3 service.

  Google Amazon S3 Amazon Savings
6 GB / Year $20 $11 46%
25 GB / Year $75 $45 40%
100 GB / Year $250 $180 28%
250 GB / Year $500 $450 10%

Now, I’m not saying Google’s pricing is unreasonable. It’s just that as a developer who does a lot of work with Amazon S3, I was taken aback at Google’s pricing. (And, yes, I realize I’m not accounting for bandwidth transfer costs :-) )

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  • Jeff

    I use s3 and love it. Just remember there are other costs involved with S3 like data-in and out (like another .10 – .15/GB) and every 1000 put commands is a penny. You pay for every action you take except the delete action. Still I think google is over-pricing. I love S3, pay for what you use, it doesn’t get any easier to understand than that.

  • Tyler

    @Travis

    Yep. Just makes Google’s proces seem even higher.

  • Travis Harris (Trex005)

    You are also not accounting for the fact that Google makes you buy in a pack, and S3 only makes you pay for what you are using…

    You may buy 6GB from google and over the course of the year use 1/2GB Average… more of a waste.

  • http://www.kylehayes.info/blog Kyle Hayes

    Whoah, the pricing is high even compared to Google considering all the free stuff they offer as it is (except for extra space on PicasaWeb).