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Google wants to make multi-terabyte data transfers from 3rd party clouds to the Google cloud easier

Google has announced a service designed to ease the process of importing multi-terabyte data sets by making it faster, cheaper and easier according to Lamia Youseff, a product manager at the company.

Online Cloud Import for Google Cloud Storage, which is currently in preview in the US and Europe, uses Google’ high performance network, so customers can import multi-terabyte datasets such as log files and media libraries from other cloud-based 3rd party storage providers. It’s intended to compliment the company’s existing migration tool, gsutil, a Python application that lets customers access Google Cloud Storage and migrate files from the command line (it still recommends gsutil for datasets smaller than 10TB).

“Online Cloud Import provides a number of options that makes data transfers and synchronization easier. Not only can you create a one-time backup/transfer of your data to your Cloud Storage bucket, but you can also set a periodic scheduled synchronization of your 3rd party storage to Google Cloud Storage,” Youseff said.

“Additionally, you can configure your synchronization using a set of advanced filters based on file creation dates, file-name filters, and the times of day you prefer to import data.”

So far the platform supports synchronisation and migration between Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3), HTTP/HTTPS servers and the Google Cloud Platform but the company looks set to include support for other 3rd-party storage providers in the coming months. Standard Google Cloud Storage pricing fees apply for requests, bandwidth, and storage related to subsequent use of the data, but the tool itself is free to use.

The move is part of a broader effort to keep the Google Cloud Platform up to scratch for big data applications. Last week both Google and Amazon introduced SSD-backed cloud offerings in a bid to offer greater performance for big data applications to end-users.