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Pros
"I love Firebase's notifications, crash analytics, and bug tracking. It gives you detailed reporting about app usage and users.""What I like most about Google Firebase is that it's one of the easier options to host a website or app quickly.""This solution supports our real time database. We also use it for AB testing and for its Google Cloud functions. We make use of Crashlytics and reporting on details.""If there's data added to the solution, there's a good record of it so it's easy to track everything.""The most valuable features of Google Firebase have been Analytics, Remote Config, and Crashlytics. Additionally, a lot of companies have used push notifications which is important. There is little maintenance required.""Google Firebase is one I like a lot because it gives us a little bit more power and accessibility when it comes to publishing apps a lot quicker and for the needs that we have.""The solution is stable."

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"The ELT versus ETL extract, transform and load versus extract, load, and then transform, the ELT method is what really sells SoftLayer."

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Cons
"The solution needs to offer capabilities to work offline. Like Firestore, we should be able to do insertion, updating, and deletion offline.""I would like to see faster data migration and some support for other languages in the next release.""The solution could improve by providing an improved SDK tool and automatic indexing for databases.""Firebase's real-time information isn't technically real-time. It takes a while to upload user activity into the app. It's not as fast as Datadog, the other solution we use.""Google Firebase could improve the ability to create our own reports, other than what's available on the dashboard. For example, if we want to customize the report or export the data, this is a large task.""The UI for the realtime database could be simplified.""The only thing that I won't do on Firebase is the hosting side of things for a progressive web app because it feels like you actually still need to download the app first before you can actually get into the functionality of the app."

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"For us, the versioning was an issue."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing component is a bit confusing when it comes to what exactly you'll pay for, but I wouldn't say it's expensive."
  • "The moment you go into volumes, then you work on a pay-per-volume basis."
  • "The price of Google Firebase is very good."
  • "We are using the free version of Google Firebase."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I would recommend Google Firebase instead of Microsoft Azure, simply for the array of features that it has to offer. In particular, the Firebase library grants you access to a shared data structure… more »
    Top Answer:We like Google Firebase hosting and authentication and also the excellent cloud functionality. Our team found the flexibility of handling and dealing with the database through EDL to be very useful… more »
    Top Answer:I love Firebase's notifications, crash analytics, and bug tracking. It gives you detailed reporting about app usage and users.
    Top Answer:The ELT versus ETL extract, transform and load versus extract, load, and then transform, the ELT method is what really sells SoftLayer.
    Top Answer:For us, the versioning was an issue. There were some compatibility issues between what the customer had on-site and what the lowest available SoftLayer was. There was some compatibility that they had… more »
    Top Answer:I'm not sure which version number of the solution we're using. I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten. IBM Software is the only thing that does what it does.
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    Overview

    Google Firebase is a stable, reliable, and scalable mobile platform that enables you to quickly develop apps, accelerate them, and monitor their performance.

    With Google Firebase You Can

    • Build and run successful apps
    • Scale globally
    • Monitor app quality and performance with little effort
    • Boost user engagement

    Google Firebase Features:

    • Crashlytic
    • Automatic updates
    • Fast and easy deployment
    • Access to Cloud Firestore
    • Multi-platform sign-in authentication
    • Flexible drop-in UI
    • Real-time database
    • Remote configuration
    • Firebase machine learning
    • Cloud messaging
    • Advanced message targeting
    • Push messages
    • Error monitoring

    SDKs supported by Google Firebase:

    • Web SDK
    • iOS SDK
    • Android SDK
    • Admin SDK

    Benefits of Google Firebase:

    • Fast implementation: Google Firebase makes it possible for you to set up your authentication system quickly, using minimal code.
    • Comprehensive security: With Google Firebase, your systems remain secured; It is backed by Google Sign-in, Chrome Password Manager, and also Smart Lock.
    • Machine learning capabilities: Firebase offers machine learning capabilities that help you deploy and train custom models.
    • Eliminate the need to manage servers: Because Google Firebase offers cloud functions, it enables you to run your mobile backend code without having to also manage your servers.
    • Authentication for any platform: Google’s Firebase authentication makes the sign-in process easier by providing an end-to-end identity solution that works with any platform.
    • Customized notifications: With cloud messaging, you can customize alerts, defining how and when they are sent, what sounds they should make, and can also select the expiration date for each message. In addition, it gives you the ability to track custom conversion events.
    • Fast and secure web hosting: Firebase makes it possible for you to have easy and secure web hosting with fast content delivery. Firebase hosting also provides free SSL certificates.
    • Cloud storage: With Google Firebase you have access to cloud storage that supports robust uploads and downloads, can handle user-generated content, and provides simple and intuitive access control.
    • Developer-friendly: Developers prefer to use Firebase because it lets them focus on creating frontend code for mobile applications rather than having to concentrate on backend code.

    Reviews from Real Users

    PeerSpot user Nilakshi S., technical team lead at AuthentiCode says, “The solution is very stable and very reliable. There aren't any bugs or glitches.”

    "What I like most about Google Firebase is that it's one of the easier options to host a website or app quickly," says Craig F., application development manager at a financial services firm.

    A senior developer at a consultancy says, “The documentation for Google Firebase is great. Also, what I like about it is the integration to Android, which is the reason I went with Firebase.”

    SoftLayer provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. Our customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.

    Products and services include bare metal and virtual servers, networking, turnkey big data solutions, private cloud solutions, and more. Our unique advantages include the industry's first Network-Within-a-Network topology for true out-of-band access, and an easy-to-use customer portal and robust API for full remote-access of all product and service management options.

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    Sample Customers
    Fabulous, Pic Collage, Shazam, SkyScanner
    Whogohost Ltd., Skypicker, Infinity Computers and Communications Company, Grace Co. Ltd., Keyword, Uvionics Tech, Tennis Australia, immixGroup, Salesbox, Cxense ASA, Avnet Inc., Komsomolskaya Pravda, Seekr
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company25%
    University25%
    Financial Services Firm25%
    Retailer13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider36%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Educational Organization6%
    Government5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company34%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Media Company10%
    Insurance Company6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business64%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise57%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Buyer's Guide
    Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS)
    July 2022
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    622,949 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Google Firebase is ranked 6th in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 7 reviews while IBM SoftLayer is ranked 16th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 1 review. Google Firebase is rated 7.8, while IBM SoftLayer is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Google Firebase writes "Drastically reduces processing time, good record keeping, and regularly updated". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM SoftLayer writes "Stable with excellent speed and agility". Google Firebase is most compared with Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, Oracle Cloud, Alibaba Cloud and DigitalOcean, whereas IBM SoftLayer is most compared with Amazon AWS, Amazon S3 Glacier, Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage.

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