Feeds

Google to launch database service from Campfire

Eating S'mores on a cloud

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

If you believe TechCrunch - and that's a big IF - Google is on the verge of unveiling a web-based database service along the lines of Amazon's SimpleDB.

On Friday, TechCrunch reported that the world's largest ad broker is about to publicly webify an internal database tool known as BigTable, citing "a source with knowledge of the launch." And yesterday, Michael Arrington decided the launch will happen this evening at Google's "Campfire One" developer event.

"Multiple people have forwarded email invitations to me for the event, where Google promises they’ll be 'unveiling another exciting technology' to the developer community," Arrington wrote.

At Campfire One, Google-friendly developers gather to "talk shop, share some news, and eat S'mores." The last time they gathered, back in November, Google unveiled OpenSocial, a set of common APIs for social networking sites other than Facebook.

For the moment, BigTable is an internal Google database tool built atop GFS, the company's cluster-computing-based file system. But Arrington is sure that Google will turn it into a web service, offering access to developers across the planet. Amazon does something similar with SimpleDB, part of its Amazon Web Services (AWS).

With AWS, the world's largest online retailer offers on-demand access to processing power and storage as well as its fledgling database platform. And perhaps Google is getting jealous. But we can't say for sure. The company wouldn't respond to our requests for comment. ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Multipath TCP speeds up the internet so much that security breaks
Black Hat research says proposed protocol will bork network probes, flummox firewalls
Microsoft says 'weird things' can happen during Windows Server 2003 migrations
Fix coming for bug that makes Kerberos croak when you run two domain controllers
Cisco says network virtualisation won't pay off everywhere
Another sign of strain in the Borg/VMware relationship?
Forrester says Australia, not China, is next boom market for cloud
It's cloudy but fine down under, analyst says
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.