Google is expanding the analytics and security capabilities of its cloud platform
Google LLC cloud business today announcement the general availability of several features that will help customers more easily analyze their data and protect it from cyberattacks.
Most features will be available as part of existing services in Google Cloud.
Google is updating BigQuery, its managed data warehouse, with a feature called Analytics Hub that was first introduced earlier this year. Analytics Hub allows organizations that use BigQuery to share enterprise data with each other. Data shared through the tool is available in a centralized library designed to help workers easily find business records.
Google Cloud provides a service called Pub/Sub that customers can use to load data into BigQuery from external systems. Previously, companies had to create custom software workflows to load data into BigQuery. Google has added a pre-packaged software workflow to Pub/Sub that reduces the need for custom code and promises to reduce cloud costs in the process.
Google also today announced the general availability of its BigLake storage engine. The engine promises to help businesses more easily manage data warehouses and data lakes, including on competing cloud platforms. BigLake provides features that can be used to secure business information, speed up analytics queries, and perform a number of other tasks.
“BigLake enables customers to create secure data lakes on open file formats,” Bruno Aziza, Head of Data and Analytics at Google Cloud, detailed in a blog post today. “And, because it provides consistent and granular security controls for Google Cloud and open-source query engines, security only needs to be configured in one place to be enforced everywhere.”
Google also released several improvements to its cloud platform’s suite of cybersecurity services as part of today’s update. Improvements are rolling out to the Container Scanning API and Cloud Firewall services.
Google’s Container Scanning API service can check a company’s software containers for known software vulnerabilities. Thanks to today’s update, the tool is now able to scan code written in the Go programming language for security vulnerabilities. Google has also added the ability to detect vulnerabilities in Java code files processed using Maven, a popular open-source application development tool.
Google’s Cloud Firewall service, in turn, is receive a feature called Tags that will make it easier to apply cybersecurity rules to cloud resources. The search giant is also adding a second feature called Network Firewall Policies. This feature will allow administrators to more easily manage the firewall configuration settings of a cloud environment.
Along with the features that became generally available today, Google announced a preview of a new tool called Log Analytics. It’s part of Cloud Logging, an existing Google Cloud service that allows businesses to collect data about potential errors in their cloud environments. With the new Log Analytics tool, companies can also analyze this data to find useful patterns.
According to Google, the tool allows customers to run analytics using SQL queries. A developer could, for example, run a query to determine the average latency of requests sent to a cloud application. Companies can also combine data from Log Analytics with information from their BigQuery environments to perform more advanced analytics.