by Katheryn T
Does it really surprise anyone? Google has always been a leader in innovations and thinking outside the box. This time, they have discovered a way to super connect all their databases in real time. The article I read spoke about how Google was able to create an accurate connection between world-wide servers. ” Today, there are many databases designed to store data across thousands of servers” (Metz, 2012). What Google has done is come up with a way to have multiple data centers and millions of servers instead of just a few data centers with thousands of servers. Essentially, they have installed atomic clocks, which keep real time on the atomic level, and GPS antennas on the actual servers. The combinations of these two devices helps keep the servers in perfect timing. This new system is called Spanner and the two devices are part of their TrueTime API. This new method will help users in different parts of the world have a consistent view. From the article, this isn’t a very expensive idea, but not everyone can implement.
In class we have been learning the fundamentals of database. Database has become an important tool for businesses in all areas. With the implementation of database, companies have program data independence, planned data redundancy, improved data sharing, and improved data consistency. I would say Google’s Spanner method helps the most with data sharing and data consistency on a global basis.
I really enjoyed the subtle simplicity of the article. Connecting GPS devices and atomic clocks seems so basic. I am a huge Google person so hearing that they have developed a better way for their servers and data centers to communicate in an accurate time makes me feel like my little piece of technology can get much better too. Who knows, maybe in a few years while I’m doing international business in Japan, Google’s Spanner will help save a business transaction with my oversea’s account. Google continues to impress me with their advances and approach to technology.
Metz, C (2012, September 19). Google Spans Entire Planet With GPS-Powered Database. Retrieved from : http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/09/google-spanner/all/