Google has introduced a cloud-based NoSQL database service for handling large volumes of data, based on underlying technology that the firm uses to power many of its own applications and services, making it a tried and tested platform already.
Cloud Bigtable is available now as a beta release, offered from Google's central US region, along with Europe and Asia Pacific. Availability in other regions is slated for the future.
The service is being pitched at enterprises and data-driven organisations that need to handle huge volumes of data, including those in the financial services, energy, biomedical and telecoms industries, according to Google.
Announcing the new service on its Cloud Platform blog, the company said that Cloud Bigtable has evolved over more than a decade to excel at large ingestion, analytics, and data-heavy serving workloads, and has driven many of Google's most critical services, including search, Gmail and Google Maps.
"As businesses become increasingly data-centric, and with the coming age of the Internet of Things [IoT], enterprises and data-driven organisations must become adept at efficiently deriving insights from their data," said Google product manager Cory O'Connor.
"In this environment, any time spent building and managing infrastructure rather than working on applications is a lost opportunity."
Cloud Bigtable is claimed to be able to scale up to handle hundreds of petabytes of data, yet still offer access latencies in the range of a few milliseconds, meaning it should be capable of handling even the most demanding workloads.
Access to the data service is via the same application programming interface set as the Apache HBase open source database, which is hardly surprising as HBase was itself modelled on Google's internal Bigtable platform.
Google said it is working with industry partners to create a support ecosystem for organisations interested in making use of Cloud Bigtable. These include financial software and services firm SunGard and IoT specialist Telit Wireless Solutions.
Google's quoted pricing for Cloud Bigtable starts at $0.65 per node per hour, with a minimum of three nodes per cluster. Storage is charged at $0.17 per gigabyte per month, and solid state drive storage is currently the only option.
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