When using Google storage, you create “buckets” to put your files in. A bucket is like a server. Buckets contain files and folders. There is no limit on the number of files a bucket can contain. Google storage is designed for high durability, so you don’t have to worry about backing up your files. The server will never be down. The files will be served at the speed of Google’s global network.
Creating the Server
You will need a Google Cloud Platform account. Search for “Google Cloud Platform” and follow the instructions to sign up for free. In the Google Cloud Platform management console, go to Storage.
Click the Create Bucket link and give your bucket a name. Accept the rest of the defaults and click Create.
Go to Settings and then Interoperability. Enable interoperability on this project and click the Create a new key button. An access key and secret key will be created. These keys are used to provide access to your bucket.
Providing End User Access
End users don’t want to know about buckets and cloud storage. They just need files accessible through Windows Explorer. To map a bucket to a drive, you can use a tool called TntDrive. Go to tntdrive.com to download and install the program.
After installation, run TntDrive and click the Add New Mapped Drive button. In the resulting dialog, select S3 Compatible Storage, enter storage.googleapis.com for the REST Endpoint, and enter the access key and secret you just created. Select the bucket you just created and select a letter for your drive. Finally, click the Add new drive button.
Open Windows Explorer and your drive will be there.
Google Cloud Storage Cost
At the time of this writing, Google Cloud Storage was 2.6 cents per GB per month. So, if you have 100 GB of files on your server it will cost you $2.60 per month. There is also a cost of 12 cents per GB data transfer out. There is no hardware to buy and nothing to maintain and administer.
Google Cloud Storage Security
All data stored in Google Cloud Storage is encrypted at rest. All requests for sending files to and from Google Cloud Storage use SSL, so data in transit is encrypted as well. No one can access the bucket if they don’t have the key.
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