Data analytics is about to become a whole lot easier. Google’s annual Google Cloud Next conference brought plenty of new announcements and innovations. But the search giant’s focus on data has stolen the show. Partners of the tech titan such as Fivetran, DataStax and Hammerspace are bringing unprecedented data capabilities to the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
Accelerated Data Analytics = Automated Data Infrastructure
When Google BigQuery came onto the scene, it changed data analytics forever. Acting as a serverless and scalable data warehouse, the service unlocked unparalleled price-performance and productivity for enterprises around the world.
Now, Google aims to simplify things even more with BigQuery Data Transfer Service, a new offering that lets organizations automate data movement from SaaS applications to Google BigQuery on a scheduled basis. Basically, you can build a robust and dynamic data warehouse without having to write any code.
Fivetran, a startup that lets you automate data infrastructure into your warehouse for advanced analytics, is one of Google DTS’ launch partners. The company has built a solid reputation around its prebuilt, maintenance-free data connectors; you can deploy them in five minutes and completely replicate applications, databases and more.
Without leaving the Google Cloud environment, users can automate setup and product integration between Google Cloud and Fivetran. This allows them to drastically reduce overhead maintenance when centralizing disparate data sources. In turn, this accelerates analytics and reduces time to insight.
Currently, Fivetran and Google Cloud offer connectors for more than 100 sources, including NetSuite, Salesforce, Marketo and more. Fivetran is currently developing new data connectors, so you can expect this list to expand soon.
A New Database-as-a-Service Offering
DataStax is a company and GCP partner that delivers “Active Everywhere,” distributed cloud databases to support always-on, web-scale applications. It has roughly 400 customers across 50 countries.
The company’s CEO, Billy Bosworth, realized that its clients needed more flexibility in moving data among public and private clouds. So, for the first time ever, it’s now providing a database-as-a-service (DBaaS) offering.
Bosworth explains the demand: “Recently, enterprise customers have said they want those database attributes available to them in a variety of on-premises and cloud options—or in other words, for their hybrid cloud and multi-cloud realities.”
The new agreement with Google Cloud to offer DataStax Enterprise as a DBaaS will do just that—and more. Not only is the new service the first major step in making this wish a reality, it also will provide users with optimal flexibility in how and when data gets moved to public and private clouds.
Hammerspace DaaS Arrives on GCP
Fivetran and DataStax aren’t the only ones bringing new data management capabilities to GCP. Hammerspace, a Los Altos, California-based company, recently announced its new Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) platform has arrived on the GCP Marketplace.
Hammerspace is dedicated to simplifying data consumption for hybrid cloud and container users. The company provides a global data workspace for organizations that is free from the usual lock-in that comes with storage silos.
Since its cloud data control plane is both storage and protocol-agnostic, Hammerspace can abstract data from the infrastructure to provide self-service hybrid cloud data management. When combined with metadata management and machine learning, it allows the company to deliver its DaaS in which enterprises can make file data cloud-native. In turn, this allows them to automate only once and deploy anywhere.
Hammerspace DaaS will let users protect and manage their data across hybrid cloud environments with global enterprise file data services. And with support for both GCP storage classes and on-premises storage, it will be easier than ever before for analytics teams, application owners and data operations to leverage their new service.
What Will You Do With Your Data?
With new data offerings from Fivetran, DataStax and Hammerspace, GCP is becoming the place to be for all data endeavors. But this is just the beginning; you can expect more announcements soon as Google continues to double down on more data tools to offer.
For now, the only question left is this: What will your company do with these new data capabilities?