by Angela Guess
Derrick Harris of GigaOM reports, ” It doesn’t have a cool name like Cassandra, Voldemort or MongoDB, but Google is offering up a non-relational database called Google Cloud Datastore. Like almost everything the company has done since announcing its Compute Engine service at last year’s IO conference — including the rest of the features it announced on Wednesday — Cloud Datastore looks like a direct shot at current cloud champion Amazon Web Services. AWS has a managed NoSQL database service called DynamoDB that’s replicated across three availability zones to ensure its stays up. Google’s Cloud Datastore sounds eerily similar, according to the product’s website (although Google calls its product “NoSQL-like). It’s fully managed, built for speed and scale and is replicated across data centers. For some queries, Google even promises that Cloud Datastore will support ACID transactions.
Harris continues, “Although the services advertise similar features in terms of availability and scalability, they’re quite different technically. Cloud Datastore is based on Google’s BigTable database (and a library called Megastore on top of it) while DynamoDB is based on Amazon’s Dynamo database. You can get details on Datastore and how it works here. Pricing information is available here. If its goal is to compete with AWS, though, Google’s cloud platform still has a long way to go. Yes, it has most of the key services in place and even some seeming advantages in certain areas, but it’s lacking the incredible breadth of services AWS offers — everything from virtual server instances to a devops service to a hosted data warehouse. It’s also lacking a seven-year reputation for being an all-around reliable platform and an ever-growing list of large-enterprise users.”
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