|Google Cloud Datalab Beta|
|Written by Kay Ewbank|
|Wednesday, 02 December 2015|
Google has launched a beta of Cloud Datalab, a new data visualization service, that you can use to analyze raw data and to explore, share, and publish reports.
The web-based service that combines elements of Google BigQuery and Google Cloud Storage with data science ecosystems built around IPython, and takes care of the integration between the products.
Writing about the beta on the Google Cloud Platform blogspot, Greg DeMichellie, Director of Product Management at Google said:
"Datalab provides a ready-to-use, fully setup, secure, multi-user environment integrated with source control for developers and data scientists."
The new tool was announced at the recent Google Cloud Platform Next experience event in Paris. Developers will deploy the service as a Google App Engine application that uses Big Query and Cloud Storage as underlying services. Cloud Datalab is built on Jupyter notebooks. . Jupyter was formerly called iPython, and it uses the concept of a Jupyter Notebook, a web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and explanatory text.
Cloud Datalab comes with some pre-installed notebooks to illustrate what you can do, and you can also make use of existing Jupyter packages including statistical and machine learning libraries. The data visualization can use Google Charting or the matplotlib Python library.
While there are business intelligence tools such as Microsoft PowerBI and Amazon QuickSight, Cloud Datalab looks an interesting alternative, given Google is aiming it specifically at developers rather than end users. It is also avoiding the term BI. Another plus point of Datalab is the fact it is open source and developers who want to extend it can just fork it, or submit pull requests on GitHub.
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|Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 December 2015 )|