Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014 ---- are now behind us, but the need to protect consumer data only continues.
Rolling out amid what is still the busiest shopping season of the year, Google is expanding its cloud once again with two significant e-commerce developments.
The first piece of the puzzle is that Google Cloud Platform is now certified for satisfying Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS).
This means retailers and other businesses can store, process, or exchange cardholder information from any branded credit card on Google Cloud Platform -- a major coup for Google against online retail titan and cloud foe Amazon and its Web Services department.
"PCI DSS provides a comprehensive and robust security framework for securing credit card information and transactions," wrote Matthew O’Connor, a product manager on the Google Cloud Platform team, in a blog post on Tuesday. "Google is using these third-party audited standards to deliver a platform on which application developers can create and operate their own secure and compliant solutions."
Thanks to PCI validation, the Google Cloud Platform has been tapped by online payment service provider WePay as its official public cloud provider.
WePay primarily serves digital marketplaces, crowdfunding sites, and small businesses through a payments API but also provides loss and fraud protection.
David Nye, director of DevOps at WePay, explained further in a separate statement on Tuesday that WePay is counting on Google Cloud Platform to provide a scalable, highly available, and -- most importantly -- secure environment for processing partner transactions.
"Moving our hosting entirely into the cloud is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time," Nye posited. "It will enable us to add more servers in seconds to deal with spikes in demand and give us more flexibility to do systems maintenance without impacting our customers."