Google has introduced a service for storing large amounts of data online, potentially enabling organizations to execute big data analysis as a cloud service.
The offering, called Google Cloud Bigtable, “is based on technology that Google has been running internally for many years, so it is not a brand new thing,” said Tom Kershaw, who is Google’s director of product management for the Google Cloud Platform.
Bigtable powers many of Google’s core services, including Google Search, Gmail, and Google Analytics.
The service could be used to store sensor data from an Internet-of-things monitoring system. Finance companies could house petabytes of trading data on the service to analyze for emerging trends. Telecommunications companies, digital advertising firms, energy, biomedical, and other data-intensive industries might benefit from the technology as well.