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Google Cloud Unveils 9 New Tools At First Data Cloud Summit

Donna Goodison

‘We fundamentally want to change…how companies are thinking of data from a technology-centric view to an ability-centric view,’ says Gerrit Kazmaier, Google Cloud’s new general manager and vice president for data analytics, databases and Looker.

Lower Entry Price For Cloud Spanner And Other Updates

Google Cloud said it will lower the entry price for Cloud Spanner, its fully managed, mission-critical relational database, by 90 percent. It will soon offer customers granular instance sizing that it says will reduce the barrier of entry, while providing the same scale and reliability to support business growth.

BigQuery federation to Spanner also is coming soon. It will allow users to query transactional data residing in Spanner from BigQuery, for richer, real-time insights.

And Key Visualizer, now in preview, provides interactive monitoring that allows developers to quickly identify trends and usage patterns in Spanner.

“Spanner is just an incredible technology, which is infinitely scalable, and you can scale with zero downtime,” Gutmans said. “One of the challenges we’ve had with Spanner is the entry point…was around $600 per month. So if you’re a developer who’s trying to build casual games and checking out multiple casual games and trying to get to that successful hockey stick, the Spanner entry point was sometimes cost-prohibitive.”

 

 

 
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