Today we’re announcing:

Object Lifecycle Management - Configure auto-deletion policies for your objects
Regional Buckets - Granular location specifications to keep your data near your computation
gsutil - automatic parallel composite uploads - Faster uploads with gsutil

Object Lifecycle Management
Object Lifecycle Management allows you to define policies that allow Cloud Storage to automatically delete objects based on certain conditions. For example, you could configure a bucket so objects older than 365 days are deleted, or only keep the 3 most recent versions of objects in a versioned bucket. Once you have configured Lifecycle Management, the expected expiration time will be added to object metadata when possible, and all operations are logged in the access log.

Object Lifecycle Management can be used with Object Versioning to limit the number of older versions of your objects that are retained. This can help keep your apps cost-efficient while maintaining a level of protection against accidental data loss due to user application bugs or manual user errors.

Regional Buckets
Regional Buckets allow you to co-locate your Durable Reduced Availability data in the same region as your Google Compute Engine instances. Since Cloud Storage buckets and Compute Engine instances within a region share the same network fabric, this can reduce latency and increase bandwidth to your virtual machines, and may be particularly appropriate for data-intensive computations. You can still specify the less-granular United States or European datacenter locations if you'd like your data spread over multiple regions, which may be a better fit for content distribution use cases.

gsutil - Automatic Parallel Composite Uploads
Gsutil version 3.34 now automatically uploads large objects in parallel for higher throughput. Achieving maximum TCP throughput on most networks requires multiple connections, and this makes it easy and automatic. The support is built usingComposite Objects. For details about temporary objects and a few caveats, see the Parallel Composite Uploads documentation. To get started, simply use 'gsutil cp' as usual. Large files are automatically uploaded in parallel.

We think there’s a little something here for everyone: If you’re managing temporary or versioned objects, running compute jobs over Cloud Storage data, or using gsutil to upload data, you’ll want to take advantage of these features right away. We hope you enjoy them!

-Posted by Brian Dorsey, Developer Programs Engineer