BigQuery was released to the public this week after a limited preview in November.
Since announcing BigQuery in limited preview last November, many businesses and developers have started using it for real-time Big Data analytics in the cloud. Claritics, a social and mobile analytics company, built a web application for game developers to gain real-time insights into user behavior. Crystalloids, an Amsterdam-based analytics firm, built a cloud-based application to help a resort network analyze customer reservations, optimize marketing and maximize revenue. This just scratches the surface of use cases for BigQuery.
-- Google Devloper Blog
To summarize BigQuery's features:
- Upload huge data sets (billions of rows possible) and Google will run SQL queries over them in seconds
- No need to to specify/build any indexes
- Accessible via a simple UI or REST interface
- Based on technology called Dremel
You can sign up for BigQuery now and try it out for free (under 100GB per month) and test it with a variety of datasets. The full pricing plan is available now.