Amazon RDS vs Google Cloud Spanner comparison


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Amazon RDS
Ranking in Database as a Service
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Google Cloud Spanner
Ranking in Database as a Service
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Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Database as a Service category, the mindshare of Amazon RDS is 25.8%, down from 30.1% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Google Cloud Spanner is 2.9%, down from 4.3% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

Sep 29, 2022
A solution with quick deployment, but the interface could be improved
Sometimes the interface has many moving parts, which is a concern. For example, the cloud is a virtual network instead of having a dedicated VPC that handles databases, and they have it connected to the VPC that handles the main Amazon infrastructure. If I had one that was indicated, it would make things easier because there are specific things I need when connecting to ensure accessibility. There is no need for multiple settings, considering a database cannot survive independently. Amazon RDS needs a connection to be a client, so they should tune it a bit more. In addition, uploading and having it done within a short period is challenging.
Feb 17, 2023
Very easy to deploy and execute
I am currently working as an independent consultant and am not part of a company that uses Google Cloud Spanner.  My ultimate goal is to work on the deployment of Google Cloud Spanner in other infrastructure projects as well The application deployment in the cloud is the best feature of the…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"It makes it easy to administer the database. It helps to scale your database by providing Read Replicas, which reduce transaction time. It is highly available and durable which helps in disaster recovery and management."
"Encryption is the most valuable feature."
"I use Amazon RDS to store and manage data securely. It helps me retrieve information and gain insights from the data that comes in for my business or specific applications."
"Being able to change the size of an RDS MySQL instance is amazing."
"Amazon RDS handles database backup mechanisms and patch management."
"The most valuable feature of Amazon RDS is its performance."
"The most valuable aspect of Amazon RDS is it is on the cloud."
"The most valuable features of the solution stem from the fact that it requires an easy setup phase, and it is also easy to use while not being too heavy on its users."
"Google Cloud Spanner is stable."
"The application deployment in the cloud is the best feature of the infrastructure."
"We can scale the solution if we need to."
"The most valuable feature of the solution is its scalability. Scalability comes with two options, among which Google Cloud Spanner can scale horizontally, compared to other relational databases that scale vertically."


"The product must add more older versions of the database engines."
"The running cost could be improved."
"Some of the features will not be there. For example, some on-premises things we want to set up will not be supported there. There are some challenges that they are fixing."
"The solution's connectivity and response logs could be improved."
"The solution could improve the administration tools."
"It would be helpful if they made it easier to migrate from an existing on-premises solution to the cloud-based service."
"Currently, we are using Fargate. Instead of that, we are planning to use EC2 instances, but we are facing some problems, and we are unable to enable NAT gateway for Elastic Load Balancer. When we enable auto-scaling, the instance count increases, and we get IP addresses dynamically. We need to whitelist the IPs of these instances, but there is no option to whitelist those IPs in Amazon RDS. We need one static IP that we can assign to ELB so that we can whitelist this IP."
"Amazon RDS needs to have an overall dashboard where I can view all the tables in the form of pie charts and Gantt charts. The deployment is complex, and we would like to see automated scripts. It needs to incorporate performance insights."
"Google came up with something called Cloud Spanner Emulator, which fails to work like the real product if I want to develop some code and run a database locally on my machine."
"I want to improve the deployment of cameras and surveillance infrastructure."
"The tool needs to improve horizontal scaling."
"The cost can be a bit high."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The price could be better."
"It is less expensive than SQL Server. We pay based on the usage on a monthly basis."
"In my case, MySQL is free, and if there are any costs, then it is much less than other solutions since all such things usually come bundled with the hardware."
"Amazon RDS is cheaper compared to other tools."
"Amazon RDS is not a very expensive solution."
"Amazon RDS is an expensive solution."
"By using a combination of Reserve Instances and On-Demand pricing, you can reduce the cost."
"The solution is expensive."
"Google Cloud Spanner is an expensive solution."
"It is expensive."
"The solution is expensive."
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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Amazon RDS?
The product's installation phase is easy.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Amazon RDS?
The product is expensive. If Cisco needs two servers, Amazon uses four.
What needs improvement with Amazon RDS?
The product's high price is an area of concern where improvements are required.
What is your primary use case for Google Cloud Spanner?
Google Cloud Spanner has all the features of a traditional relational database, including schemas, SQL queries, ACID transactions, and provides excellent integration and monitoring tools as well as...

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Google Spanner



Sample Customers

Streak, Optiva, Mixpanel
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