Google updated its cloud database portfolio with a series of incremental improvements to Cloud Spanner and other data management services.
The cloud database updates, revealed Aug. 18, came during week six of the Google Next conference that started on July 14 with the unveiling of BigQuery Omni for multi-cloud data analytics.
Google Next 2020 is a virtual event this year, with each week focused on a different set of technologies. Among the updates revealed this week, in addition to new capabilities for the Cloud Spanner database, were updates to the Bigtable data store and Firestore mobile database.
Google also used the event to showcase customers that use its cloud database services.
Among them are ShareChat, which is a social media platform based in Bengaluru, India that supports over 140 million monthly active users. During a user session at Google Next, Venkatesh Ramaswamy, vice president of engineering at ShareChat, explained why and how his organization moved away from cloud database services on Amazon Web Services to Google Cloud database services.
Why ShareChat moved to Google Cloud Spanner and Bigtable
Ramaswamy said ShareChat was finding scalability challenges with the way it had configured its services to run on the DynamoDB NoSQL