May 14, 2022

Google Cloud launches BigLake, a new cross-platform data storage device

Google Cloud has launched a new cross-platform data store that will help businesses easily analyze data in their warehouses.

Google Cloud revealed this at a summit that saw Google’s design and management team converge on Wednesday.

The development comes about a year after Google introduced Kubernetes Engine Autopilot into its cloud architecture.

The new data lake storage engine, named BigLake, combines “the best of data lakes and warehouses into a single service that abstracts underlying storage formats and systems.”

According to Google, the idea was to take advantage of its experience running and managing its BigQuery data warehouse by extending it to data lakes on Google Cloud Storage.

Prior to the launch of BigLake, data processing was more complicated, with developers querying multiple systems, which often resulted in data duplication or transfer.

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In his remarks to the forum, Google Cloud VP Gerrit Kazmaier said, “Managing data across disparate lakes and warehouses creates silos and increases risk and cost, especially when data must be moved.

“BigLake enables enterprises to unify their data warehouses and lakes to analyze data without worrying about the underlying format or storage system, eliminating the need to duplicate or move data from a source and reduce costs and inefficiencies.”

As cloud computing and storage is growing rapidly due to technological advancements, cloud storage companies are investing in infrastructure to meet growing demands.

Some of the pioneers in this regard include Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Dell EMC, Google Cloud, IBM, ClearDATA and Intel.

While many brands are owned and operated by foreign companies, Nigeria, and Africa by extension, has yet to produce a homegrown player in the space.

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