Google targets developers with Cloud Storage update

Google has added a slew of 'highly requested' features to Google Cloud Storage to make life easier for developers working with the company's answer to Amazon Web Services's simple storage service (S3).GSUtil, a Python application that lets developers access Google Cloud Storage, has been upgraded to version three with better documentation, support for multithreaded operations and a rejigged file tree abstraction layer, Navneet Joneja, a Google product manager, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

Google has added a slew of 'highly requested' features to Google Cloud Storage to make life easier for developers working with the company's answer to Amazon Web Services's simple storage service (S3).

GSUtil, a Python application that lets developers access Google Cloud Storage, has been upgraded to version three with better documentation, support for multithreaded operations and a rejigged file tree abstraction layer, Navneet Joneja, a Google product manager, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

There's also a "virtual valet keys" feature that lets developers set access policies for specific bits of data so that some users can be authenticated for a small amount of time — a technology targeted at applications based around mobile applications or premium content distribution, Joneja said.

The changes follow Google cutting the prices of its cloud storage by up to 15 percent in early March.

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