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Four trillion transactions? That’s just one reason you should pay attention to Google’s growing cloud. Also, the raging cloud storage wars and why big data may be hyped but is still pretty big.

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Some folks say Google’s compute cloud is a distraction for a company that made its name and fortune in web search. Greg DeMichillie, director of product management for the Google Cloud Platform, is definitely not one of them. This week, DeMichillie talks about the lessons Google learned from building its search behemoth and how they are applicable to a cloud that non-Googlers, too, can use. You want scale? Google’s cloud data store handles 4 trillion read/write transactions per month, he notes. Trillion with a “t.”

Google cloud guy Greg DeMichillie

Google cloud guy Greg DeMichillie

And for those who still doubt Google’s commitment to cloud as a major business should remember, some folks also still call Amazon a book seller.

In addition, Derrick Harris defends big data’s honor in the face of those who say it’s just another tech boondoggle, and we hash out the never-ending cloud storage-sync-and-share wars being waged by Box, Dropbox and (insert your favorite vendor’s name here).

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  1. Good info from an usually reticent Google. Translates to an average of 1.5 Millions Transactions *per second*. Impressive, but would have expected much higher given Google’s size. Maybe the size of transaction is different compared to the typical benchmarks.

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