- Cold data storage — Data that is not frequently accessed, such as data stored for legal or regulatory purposes, and should be kept at a low cost, but still be readily available when required.
- Disaster recovery — Recovery time is crucial in the event of a Disaster Recovery event (DR). Google Cloud Storage offers low latency access for data stored in the Nearline Storage Class.
Google also announced new storage partnership agreements with a variety of companies for data backup (Veritas/Symantec), data deduplication (NetApp), encryption (Iron Mountain), offline storage and Disaster Recovery as a Service(DRaaS), solutions (Geminare). In a whitepaper about Nearline Storage, Google also stated that it offers an Online Cloud Import service which can be used to move petabyte-scale data to Google Cloud Storage from other online storage services. This can be a great way to migrate all data to Google Cloud Storage if it is being accessed frequently.