Archive prerequisites

Prerequisites for Archive to Google Cloud Storage

  • Access to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) via
  • A valid GCP Billing Account
  • A new Customer owned GCP Project with the above Billing Account assigned to it
  • A GCP Service Account created in the above Project
  • Enable the Cloud Key Management Service (KMS) API if not already enabled
      • Search for KMS in the search field, or select Security Cryptographic Keys
      • If presented with a screen to enable API, click Enable
  • Google Cloud Storage
      • Please take a look at the Google Cloud Storage recommendations documentation further below. 
  • CloudM Automate 
  • CloudM Archive (enabled by a CloudM representative)

    Google Cloud Storage recommendations

    Please review the Google documentation on storage classes here:

    Storage class depends on various scenarios and on how often access the archived data in storage. 

    CloudM Archive accesses data in cloud storage in the following scenarios:

    • Archive operations
    • Restore operations
    • Purge operations

    Generally, it is recommended that a customer using either standard storage or nearline storage. The choice between these two depends on how often it is expected to perform the above operations. Nearline storage costs can be as much as 3x cheaper than standard storage (depending on region). However, charges apply whenever data is accessed.

    It is recommended that to use the Google Cloud Storage price calculator here:


    Will CloudM Archive cause any additional charges to be applied to Google Cloud Storage account?

    For a full overview of how Google Cloud Storage pricing works, please see their official documentation:

    Data storage and data retrieval costs are covered in the answer above and completely rely on the storage class that intend to use and how much data is intended to be archived. 

    Network costs occur whenever data is read from cloud storage, also known as egress. Egress charges from Google Cloud Storage should be minimal unless restoring very large amounts of data per month. A full egress pricing breakdown can be seen here:

    Operations costs may occur as CloudM Archive does use some class A and class B operations. However each GCS account has a free quota of operations per month and the amount of operations used by CloudM Archive depends entirely on how the product is used. 

    Below is a breakdown of all of the class A and class B operations used by CloudM Archive:

    Class A




    Twice per item migrated when archiving a user


    Twice per item migrated when archiving a user


    Twice per item migrated when archiving a user


    Once per user archived or once per restore operation


    Class B




    Twice per item migrated when archiving a user or performing a restore


Prerequisites for Archive to Microsoft Azure storage

  • Access to Microsoft Azure Home via
  • A valid Microsoft Azure Billing Account.
      • Valid accounts under the Subscriptions section in Microsoft Azure Home.
      • It is required to create or use an existing Resource Group (which can be done as part of creating a storage account).
  • Microsoft Azure Blob Storage
      • Please refer to Microsoft's documentation.
      • Please refer to our Microsoft Azure Cloud Storage recommendations documentation.
  • CloudM Automate 
  • CloudM Archive (enabled by a CloudM representative)
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