Building and maintaining complex distributed systems
June 19–20, 2017: Training
June 20–22, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

Google Cloud Spanner: Global consistency at scale

Miles Ward (Google)
1:15pm–1:55pm Thursday, June 22, 2017
Distributed Data & Databases
Location: LL20 C
Level: Intermediate
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Solutions architects and data engineers

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Familiarity with RDBMS, distributed computing, and cloud computing basic concepts

What you'll learn

  • Understand how Spanner differs from other DBMS approaches, how those differences enable unique capabilities, and how those unique capabilities can enable advanced application behaviors


Google Cloud Spanner, Google’s public launch of the internal Spanner service, makes available a new basic primitive for application design: globally consistent transactions. Want to know how it all works? Join Miles Ward for a detailed, demo-filled, nuanced look at the useful applications of Spanner for your workload.

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Miles Ward


Miles Ward is global head of solutions for Google Cloud, where he focuses on everything from delivering next-generation solutions to challenges in big data and analytics, application migration, infrastructure automation, and cost optimization. Miles is a three-time technology startup entrepreneur with a decade of experience building cloud infrastructures. Previously, he was a core part of the Obama for America 2012 “tech” team, crashed Twitter a few times, helped NASA stream the Curiosity Mars Rover landing, and put Skype back online in a pinch. He also plays a mean electric sousaphone.