first_imgStay on target Cloud storage traffic might not be a top conversation topic, but Google’s Cloud team aims to have people see data differently through visualization art.On Tuesday, Google announced in a blog post that it worked with Stamen Design, a data visualization company, to take a week’s worth of Google storage traffic data and build a visualization that highlights the interactions between users and content stored in Google Cloud Storage.According to Google, the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) shows how the globe is interacting with trillions of pieces of content. When a request for a stored object is issued, it provides a piece of data about the origin and destination of the request at a point in time. Google decided to create a world map of these requests, in order to see if storage data pictures could help it better serve its global customers.AdChoices广告Each image shows requests throughout the day for a nation. Arrows show direction, meanwhile the size of the bubble relates to gigabytes in the request. (Photo Credit: Google Cloud)First, Google analyzed Cloud Storage, Google’s object storage service that’s used for audio streaming services, including Pandora and Spotify, and genomic sequencing. Cloud Storage deals with billions of requests daily to store content from applications and people worldwide. Part of this process involved studying ingress (from user to Google Cloud region) and egress (from Google Cloud region to user). The data showed the size of the request in gigabytes and a timestamp.Photo Credit: Google CloudNext, Google studied Cloud Storage data request volume over the course of seven days. This information was then turned into a visualization of 24-hour clocks. This data art showed that the number of requests in each country peaked from morning to afternoon. Plus, Google noticed that the interactions from users to Google Cloud regions varied throughout the week.Photo Credit: Google CloudFrom there, Google wanted to see if it could visualize similarities between different sides of the world through data art. Results showed that continents with cultural cooperation, technological collaboration, and economic affinity had similar Cloud Storage traffic patterns. Countries that were in close proximity to each other also expressed similar Could Storage traffic activity.Cloud Storage traffic might not be on our minds all the time, but Google’s data art demonstrated how countries worldwide could have similar Cloud Storage traffic. If companies studied this data more, it might lead to better digital content exchanges in the future.More on Will Shut Down Early After a Bug Impacts Over 50 Million PeopleGoogle’s Censored Chinese Search Engine Probably Isn’t HappeningGoogle and Levi’s Smart Jacket Will Stop You From Forgetting Your Phone Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 last_img read more