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Google Cloud Spanner is #7 ranked solution in top Database as a Service vendors. PeerSpot users give Google Cloud Spanner an average rating of 8.0 out of 10. Google Cloud Spanner is most commonly compared to Google Cloud SQL: Google Cloud Spanner vs Google Cloud SQL. Google Cloud Spanner is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 68% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 29% of all views.
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What is Google Cloud Spanner?

Cloud Spanner is the first and only relational database service that is both strongly consistent and horizontally scalable. With Cloud Spanner you enjoy all the traditional benefits of a relational database: ACID transactions, relational schemas (and schema changes without downtime), SQL queries, high performance, and high availability. But unlike any other relational database service, Cloud Spanner scales horizontally, to hundreds or thousands of servers, so it can handle the highest of transactional workloads. With automatic scaling, synchronous data replication, and node redundancy, Cloud Spanner delivers up to 99.999% (five 9s) of availability for your mission critical applications. In fact, Google’s internal Spanner service has been handling millions of queries per second from many Google services for years.

Google Cloud Spanner was previously known as Google Spanner.

Google Cloud Spanner Customers

Streak, Optiva, Mixpanel

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Aakash Sharma - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Technical Architect at HCL Technologies
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A managed service that spans well and is reliable
Pros and Cons
  • "We can scale the solution if we need to."
  • "The cost can be a bit high."

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution for mainly multi-regional relational data where you need to scale well and RDBMS does not. We chose the solution for scalability and multi-regional use cases.

What is most valuable?

It spans well. Normally, we have issues with MySQL and other relational databases, however, this is not an issue with Spanner.

The service is managed.

The solution is stable and reliable.

We can scale the solution if we need to.

What needs improvement?

We haven't had problems with the product at all.

The cost can be a bit high.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for four or five months actually.

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What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a very stable service. We haven't had any issues with it. There are no bugs or glitches and it doesn't crash and freeze.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is very scalable. It's not a problem to expand. 

We only have seven or eight people using the solution right now. It's not used too widely just yet.

We do not have plans to increase usage right now. 

How are customer service and support?

We haven't had any issues with the product and therefore have not reached out to support for any reason. I can't say how helpful or responsive they would be.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We've used MySQL, PostgreSQL, and other services.

How was the initial setup?

There is no installation required. It's a managed service.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There's no license required, as it is a managed service.

The solution is expensive.

What other advice do I have?

We're using the latest version of the solution as it's a cloud product. It always self-updates.

I'd recommend the solution to other users. 

From what I have experienced so far, I would rate it eight out of ten. I've been happy with its general capabilities.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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