Google Reportedly Looking to Commercialize Its Spanner Database
The company wants to see if it can use its massive database technology to compete better with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, according to The Information news site.Google is reportedly considering commercializing Spanner, a highly scalable, globally distributed database technology that the company has been using internally for the past several years to deliver many of its core services. Engineers from Google’s Cloud Platform Group are apparently working on figuring out how to turn the technology into a product that outside developers can use to build applications, The Information reported this week. One of the biggest obstacles facing the company as it embarks on its mission is finding a way to decouple Spanner from Google's proprietary hardware and network technology and building a version that will work just as well on other infrastructures. According to The Information, Google's efforts to commercialize Spanner are being driven by competitive forces. The company wants to be able to better compete with the likes of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure in the cloud services space and is hoping that the highly-scalable, high-performance database technology will give it an edge over AWS and Azure, the report said quoting two unnamed sources who are apparently close to the company's plans.
Google did not respond to a request seeking comment. The company has previously described Spanner as a SQL-like database that runs across multiple datacenters around the world and is capable of scaling up to literally millions of machines in hundreds of datacenters and trillions of database rows. According to Google, "it is the first system to distribute data at global scale and support externally-consistent distributed transactions."