Robert_Charlton - 8:29 am on Dec 5, 2012 (gmt 0)
A more popularized article on the database...
Exclusive: Inside Google Spanner, the Largest Single Database on Earth
BY CADE METZ11.26.126:30 AM
Much like the engineering team that created it, Spanner is something that stretches across the globe while behaving as if itís all in one place. Unveiled this fall after years of hints and rumors, itís the first worldwide database worthy of the name ó a database designed to seamlessly operate across hundreds of data centers and millions of machines and trillions of rows of information.
Spanner is a creation so large, some have trouble wrapping their heads around it. But the end result is easily explained: With Spanner, Google can offer a web service to a worldwide audience, but still ensure that something happening on the service in one part of the world doesnít contradict whatís happening in another.