Google Cloud Spanner vs Redis comparison

 

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Executive Summary
 

Categories and Ranking

Google Cloud Spanner
Ranking in Database as a Service
8th
Average Rating
9.0
Number of Reviews
4
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
Redis
Ranking in Database as a Service
6th
Average Rating
8.6
Number of Reviews
12
Ranking in other categories
In-Memory Data Store Services (1st), Vector Databases (4th)
 

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Database as a Service category, the mindshare of Google Cloud Spanner is 3.1%, down from 4.1% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Redis is 3.4%, up from 1.1% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Database as a Service
Unique Categories:
No other categories found
In-Memory Data Store Services
5.8%
 

Featured Reviews

Ethan Lo - PeerSpot reviewer
Sep 5, 2023
A stable and scalable relational database that ensures a return on investment for its users
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. You can change Google Cloud Spanner's resource configuration, which is done through processing units. Suppose you set up Google Cloud Spanner initially with a hundred processing units, and then you run out of resources since your database used too much CPU. In the aforementioned scenario, you can scale up or down and face no downtime in the production phase. The solution's features are important when running a company twenty-four hours, seven days a week.
PR
Apr 6, 2023
A solution that can benefit both user and customer-facing applications while effectively preventing potential lag in the user-facing application
In our company, Redis is used for read operations. When we receive data from a user via the Read API, we cache the response for two or three minutes to minimize API calls to the database and preserve resources within the DB. This practice also helps prevent bot-triggered dummy requests to the DB…

Quotes from Members

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

Pros

"The application deployment in the cloud is the best feature of the infrastructure."
"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."
"We can scale the solution if we need to."
"Google Cloud Spanner is stable."
"The ability to fetch and save data quickly is valuable."
"The online interface is very fast and easy to use."
"Redis is a simple, powerful, and fast solution."
"The best thing about Redis is its ability to handle large amounts of data without frequently hitting the database. You can store data in temporary memory, especially for high-volume data."
"The solution's technical support team is good...The solution's initial setup process was straightforward."
"I use Redis mostly to cache repeated data that is required."
"It makes operations more efficient. The information processing is very fast, and very responsive. It's all about the technology."
"I find Redis valuable primarily for its caching capabilities, particularly in handling cache requests effectively. Its simplicity in managing key-value pairs for caching is one of its strengths, making it a preferred choice over more complex databases like MongoDB for specific use cases. However, I haven't explored Redis extensively for managing complex data structures beyond caching, as MongoDB might be more suitable for such scenarios."
 

Cons

"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."
"The cost can be a bit high."
"The tool needs to improve horizontal scaling."
"I want to improve the deployment of cameras and surveillance infrastructure."
"The only thing is the lack of a GUI application. There was a time when we needed to resolve an issue in production. If we had a GUI, it would have been easier."
"It's actually quite expensive."
"In future releases, I would like Redis to provide its users with an option like schema validation. Currently, the solution lacks to offer such functionality."
"The development of clusters could improve. Additionally, it would be helpful if it was integrated with Amazon AWS or Google Cloud."
"The tool should improve by increasing its size limits and handling dynamic data better. We use the client ID or associate it with a key for static content. The solution will not be easy for a beginner. Unless you understand SQL data, it will be difficult to understand and use Redis. It also needs to be user-friendly."
"Sometimes, we use Redis as a cluster, and the clusters can sometimes suffer some issues and bring some downtime to your application."
"The initial setup took some time as our technical team needed to familiarize themselves with Redis."
"There are some features from MongoDB that I would like to see included in Redis to enhance its overall efficiency, such as the ability to perform remote behaviour. MongoDB is more efficient in handling updates than deletions and is quicker in processing updates, but it can be slower regarding deletions. This can sometimes pose a challenge, especially when dealing with large datasets or frequent data manipulations that involve deletions. In such cases, I often rewrite columns or update values instead of directly deleting data, as it can be more efficient."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"Google Cloud Spanner is an expensive solution."
"The solution is expensive."
"It is expensive."
"The tool is open-source. There are no additional costs."
"Redis is not an overpriced solution."
"We saw an ROI. It made the processing of our transactions faster."
"Redis is an open-source product."
"Redis is an open-source solution. There are not any hidden fees."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Financial Services Firm
20%
Computer Software Company
14%
Retailer
11%
Manufacturing Company
8%
Financial Services Firm
18%
Computer Software Company
15%
Educational Organization
8%
Manufacturing Company
8%
 

Company Size

By reviewers
Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
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Questions from the Community

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...
What do you like most about Redis?
Redis is better tested and is used by large companies. I haven't found a direct alternative to what Redis offers. Plus, there are a lot of support and learning resources available, which help you u...
What needs improvement with Redis?
There are some features from MongoDB that I would like to see included in Redis to enhance its overall efficiency, such as the ability to perform remote behaviour. MongoDB is more efficient in hand...
What is your primary use case for Redis?
I'm the only user utilizing Redis in my company, as my platform is relatively new and has around fifty users. However, in my previous role at Profit Clicks, we had approximately ten thousand users....
 

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Google Spanner
Redis Enterprise
 

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Streak, Optiva, Mixpanel
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