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A handy lookup table of similar technology and services to help ex-googlers survive the real world :) pull-requests very welcomed. Please do not list any confidential projects!

For a working example of (some) of these technologies integrated together, see:

See also: System Design Primer, The Hadoop Ecosystem Table, Map AWS services to GCP products


Core Technology

Google Internal Google External Open Source / Real-World
MapReduce Apache Hadoop, Spark
Flume DataFlow Apache Beam
Protocol Buffer Protobuf Cap'n Proto, Thrift, Avro, Amazon Ion, CBOR
Stubby gRPC Thrift, Bolt
Chubby Apache Zookeeper, etcd, HashiCorp Consul
Goops / PubSub Apache Kafka, Apache Pulsar, Facebook LogDevice
//base abseil


Google Internal Google External Open Source / Real-World
Borg Kubernetes Apache Mesos, Apache Aurora, HashiCorp Nomad
GSLB Cloud Load Balancing - Internal AWS ELB, Istio, envoy, linkerd
OnePlatform API Gateway Swagger
GFE, Maglev, uberproxy Cloud Load Balancing - HTTPS / External AWS ALB, HAProxy, nginx, F5
uberproxy (sso proxy) Identity-Aware Proxy buzzfeed-sso, Pomerium
data center hardware open compute
Jupiter, Starblaze
B4, Stargate, TE
USPS, Andromeda
ESDN Faucet


Google Internal Google External Open Source / Real-World
GFS/Colossus HDFS, Ceph, GlusterFS, MooseFS
BigTable Cloud BigTable PrestoDB, Cassandra, HBase, Accumulo, DynamoDB, ScyllaDB
Spanner Cloud Spanner Vitess, CockroachDB, TiDB
ColumnIO / Capacitor Apache Parquet
sstable levelDB RocksDB, pebble
zippy Snappy lz4
RecordIO TFRecords


Google Internal Google External Open Source SaaS
Dremel BigQuery Apache Drill, Presto, Spark(sort-of), AWS Athena, Redshift Spectrum, Snowflake
Dremel UI Redash, Metabase, Apache Superset
Search (Mustang, Alexandria) Elasticsearch, Solr, Lucene algolia
pubsub pubsub, RabbitMQ, PubNub AWS SQS/SNS, AWS AppSync
MillWheel Cloud Dataflow Apache Flink, beam
Colab Colaboratory Jupyter
PLX Google Data Studio Mode


Google Internal Google External Real-World
Assimilator Dominator
Blaze Bazel Buck, Pants,, Blade, recc, BuildBuddy
Oncall PagerDuty, OpsGenie, VictorOps
varz/borgmon/monarch Datadog, Prometheus, M3, librato, newrelic, skylight, scout, Scotty/tricorder, netdata, bosun, also this and this
Viceroy Grafana
Exception/Error Tracking (??),, Rollbar, Honeybadger, Airbrake, OverOps, ELK stack
styleguides google styleguides PEP-8, HoundCI auto-style-reviewer
Blaze/Forge/TAP/BuildCop Cloud Build buildkite, CircleCI, travis, jenkins, gitlabCI, github, Drone
Forge/ObjFS EngFlow
Sandman(test env)/Guitar
Sisyphus / Rapid Spinnaker, lambdaCD,, CodeShip, shipit-engine, GoCD, AWS CodeDeploy, Capistrano, Fabric, ConcourseCI, samson
MPM Docker
borg / borgcfg / gcl Jsonnet, Cue AWS Cloudformation, Puppet, Chef, Salt, Ansible, Terraform, kubecfg, pulumi
logging, analog StackDriver logstash, fluentd, PaperTrail, cernan
CodeSearch, Grimoire Zoekt kythe Sourcegraph, OpenGrok, livegrep
Critique, Gerrit, Mondrian etc. Gerrit Reviewable , Phabricator
cider Eclipse Che, Cloud9,, Coder, Code-Server (VSCode in a Tab)
buganizer Google Issue Tracker JIRA, bugzilla, github issues, Linear
ToTT Google Test Blog Increment
Copybara / MOE Copybara, MOE
workflow/dependency management Luigi, Airflow, digdag, Pachyderm, Dask
ErrorProne ErrorProne SpotBugs, FindBugs
Dapper stackdriver trace zipkin, opentracing, jaeger, LightStep, Honeycomb
C++ Tips of the Week Abseil C++ Tips of the Week
DiRT ChaosMonkey, aws fis


Google Internal Google External Open Source
prodaccess/LOAS Keymaster
prod secrets/identity management chamber, knox, SPIFFE

IT / Operations / Misc

Google Internal Real-World
software engineering at google Software Engineering at Google: Lessons Learned from Programming Over Time
SRE @ google
valentine Vault, 1Password, Lastpass, pass
OWNERS files in repo github CODEOWNERS
snippets Khan/snippets
SnipIt recordit, CloudApp, dropbox screenshots, Snippyly
stuff (SaaS IT management) productiv, intello, zylo
stuff (Device Management) Fleetsmith, jamf
device security monitoring Red Canary
beyondcorp beyondcorp
go/ links golinks, go, Goat, trotto, go-shorten
google3 philosophy innersource, monorepo
doing code review code review
safely sharing 1-time secrets croc, onetimesecret, privatebin
messaging mattermost, Slack, gchat
tech talks TechTalks @ Google
g3doc writethedocs, docs-as-code
GUTS spoke

PeopleOps / Culture

Google Internal Real-World
OKR CultureAmp OKR, Lattice Goals, Ally, workboard
HRIS/ERP Namely, BambooHR, Workday, Paylocity
peer bonus
kudos heytaco, slack ++ bot
perks fond
talks Talks @ Google
edge, people ops training LifeLabs
googlegeist Culture Amp, humu, tinypulse, peakon
Meng Search Inside Yourself
Lazlo Work Rules
Claire Stapleton Tech Support - existential advice for the modern tech worker
books about google How Google Works, In The Plex

also check out, which organizes events, slack channels etc

disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with any of the technologies mentioned above.

disclaimer: I left Google a number of years ago so some of the naming might be dated


by ex-googlers, for ex-googlers - a lookup table of similar tech & services




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