“If I have Amazon S3, do I still need Google Storage?”, a customer asked us during a support call. The mind was drawing blank that moment, and after a few seconds, the answer was ‘no’ as it slipped off my tongue.
That could be a typical moment when you were asked a question that you never thought about before and had to answer it quick. After the call, we had all the time to answer the question – If I have Amazon S3, do I still need Google Storage?
Coming back to the context of the call, the customer is a Google Apps user, with Google Docs. He was finding ways to work around the Google Apps 1G byte limit in the Google Docs. Apparently he likes Google Docs and wish he could put more into his Google Apps account. Finally, we told him, look, we have been waiting for the more storage from Google Docs (w/ Google Apps) too. There is Google Storage for Developer, priced similarly to the Google Apps storage, which allows you to store 1T bytes.
As an effort to comfort him with this Google Storage for Developer idea, we continue to say, it is very similar to Amazon S3, so there are many tools supporting it. For example, Gladinet has native support for Google Storage for Developer and Amazon S3 too.
The customer said, “yes, I know Amazon S3”, then he asked the question at the top of this article.
As I think more about this question, the answer finally comes to two words, trust and convenience. For this customer, Google already got the trust from him and if it is convenient for him to acquire more storage, the S3 comparison talk would have never happened.
On the other hand, if the trust is missing or the convenience is missing, the customer goes to Amazon S3 by default.
This is also true for all the service providers out there, such as Rackspace, SoftLayer, Peer1 and so on. These service providers got the trust from their customers (which is a niche compares to Amazon). This is why these service providers are rushing to the market with their own cloud storage offerings.
As usual, here at Gladinet, we provide an open cloud storage access platform for all the service providers, supporting Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud Files, EMC Atmos, Windows Azure, Mezeo, Google Storage, Caringo Castor, Open Stack and Nirvanix. The Gladinet platform helps customers move data in & out of cloud storage services powered by these service providers.