This is an older piece which I just ran across at Forbes from March of this year. But I found the direct comparison, and Googles dishonest approach, interesting.
According to Google, Nearline offers slightly lower availability and slightly higher latency than the company’s standard storage product but with a lower cost. The “time to first byte” of approximately 2 – 5 seconds was held up by most commentators, myself included, as a real game changer. (..)
So, if a customer stores 1TB of data within Nearline, their download will start within 2 – 5 seconds, and then promptly take 73 hours to complete (assuming they are downloading 1TB at 4 MB/second).
Comparing the same 1TB case with Amazon Glacier. AWS will have that object available to customers in approximately 3 – 5 hours. Four hours into their download, a Google Nearline customer would be 5% complete on downloading their 1TB of data with approximately 69 hours to completion.
So it seems that Google has purposely muddied the message here and AWS, whose retrieval time looks slothful, is, in fact, faster than that of Googles.
“Google – We’re better at marketing than at cloud”