Google overhauls its cloud storage offerings

There are big changes afoot for Google Cloud Platform’s storage offerings. On Thursday, the company announced a complete overhaul of the storage options available to customers, complete with new storage tiers and reduced pricing.

Customers that need high availability storage can use Google’s new fully managed Multi-Regional Cloud Storage service, which will replicate data across multiple Google Cloud data centers in different areas for high-uptime access. The company also launched a new Coldline storage service that’s designed for data accessed less than once a year, such as backups.

The storage changes are part of Google’s overall pitch to capture businesses in a highly competitive cloud market. Managed, multi-region storage will be helpful for customers that don’t want to worry about reliability, and the new Coldline storage will help GCP compete with other cold storage offerings, like Amazon Glacier.

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Microsoft adds new security enhancements to its cloud offerings

Microsoft is adding a range of new security management and reporting features to its Office 365 and Azure cloud services as part of the company’s holistic approach to enterprise security announced last year.

In April, the company will release a new product called Microsoft Cloud App Security that will allow customers to gain better visibility, control and security for data hosted in cloud apps like Office 365, Box, SalesForce, ServiceNow and Ariba. The new product is based on technology from Adallom, a cloud access security broker Microsoft acquired in September.

Office 365 will also get some new security management capabilities that will be integrated with Microsoft Cloud App Security. These include security alerts that notify administrators of suspicious activity in the service; cloud app discovery that lets IT departments know the cloud services Office 365 users are connecting to; and app permissions, allowing administrators to revoke or approve third-party services that users can connect to Office 365.

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