While a lot of companies still think of cloud in terms of infrastructure-as-a-service—virtualized, distributed hardware that brings agility and cuts costs—more and more are branching out to explore other “as-a-service” flavors.
For enterprises that want to simplify and speed up application development, platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings are an increasingly compelling choice—despite potential concerns about “black box” solutions or vendor lock-in.
So if you know you want to go the PaaS route, when would Google Cloud Platform be a good option?
The logical time to start looking at Google Cloud Platform would be when you know you’re going to be working with big data. Google’s storage is inexpensive and available completely on demand, so you don’t have to plan ahead. You can get as much or as little space as you need and pay only for what you use. And it’s easy to transfer data to Google Cloud Platform from other storage, whether in another cloud or on premises.
Once your data is in the Google cloud, Google—like other providers—has a fair array of tools to help you process it. But here again, where Google really stands out is on scale. You don’t have to provision clusters; you just start them up when you need them and shut them down when you’re done to handle any volume of data. This on-demand processing power can go a long way toward minimizing costs, particularly since Google charges by the minute instead of by the hour.
So if you’re working with big and variable volumes of data, Google Cloud Platform has a lot of value to offer. At Pythian, we advise clients to stage their Google migrations—to keep them manageable, to allow for a bit of “tire-kicking” to get a sense of what the Google PaaS can do and how it behaves, and most importantly to ensure a seamless and successful transfer of data.
I’ll write about that further in my next post. In the meantime, if you’re learning about how Pythian can help leverage the power of Google Cloud Platform to manage, mine, analyze, and utilize your data, and improve business outcomes, visit our Google Technology page.