By the time Google I/O came around last May, HRD was performing beautifully and our customers were happy, so we took the next step and made HRD the default option for all new App Engine applications.
In June we made HRD available in our SDK so that customers could easily experiment with the new consistency guarantees (paxos on your laptop!), and we launched the first version of our migration tool to make it easy to move your apps from Master/Slave to HRD.
In October we released XG Transactions, our first HRD-only feature, which allows users to transact across entity groups.
In November we brought App Engine out of preview and added a 99.95% SLA for HRD applications.
In our most recent release we launched an updated version of our HRD migration tool that ties the duration of the read-only period to your write-rate, rather than the size of your dataset. This makes your migration quick, simple, and easy to plan for regardless of how much data you have. One App Engine customer recently migrated over 500G of Datastore data with only a 10 minute read-only period!
Throughout all this, HRD has had no system-wide downtime (planned or unplanned) and has grown to serve over 3 billion requests per day. Needless to say it’s been a phenomenal year.
We realize that moving data requires planning, testing, coordination, and a strong stomach. However, we believe strongly that HRD provides a fundamentally better service than Master/Slave, and we encourage all our customers to migrate to HRD. Over the coming months you can expect to see further improvements to our migration tools (Blob migrations are on the way!), more HRD-only features like Full Text Search, and of course, more 9s than you can shake a stick at.
Posted by Max Ross, Datastore Tech Lead