Google Launches Public Beta For Database Service 'Cloud Spanner'
Google has launched the public beta for Cloud Spanner, a new relational database service for mission-critical applications which has the combined benefits of traditional and NoSQL databases. The global database tested by the company promises transactional consistency and simple scaling and data distribution.
Cloud Spanner can ‘handle highest of transactional workloads’ and is managing many Google services for years. It has allowed the tech company to juggle many online transactions with consistency.
Below are the key benefits of Cloud Spanner, as specified on the Google Cloud Platform Blog.
- Focus on your application logic instead of spending valuable time managing hardware and software
- Scale out your RDBMS solutions without complex sharding or clustering
- Gain horizontal scaling without migration from relational to NoSQL databases
- Maintain high availability and protect against disaster without needing to engineer a complex replication and failover infrastructure
- Gain integrated security with data-layer encryption, identity and access management and audit logging
Cloud Spanner supports ‘distributed transactions, schemas and DDL statements, SQL queries and JDBC drivers and offers client libraries for the most popular languages, including Java, Go, Python and Node.js.’
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In terms of pricing, the new database service follows a simple model that charges for compute node-hours (start at $0.90 per node per hour), actual storage consumption ($0.30 per GB per month) and external network access (based on Google’s usual cross-region and internet egress rates).
For more details about Cloud Spanner’s pricing, read here.
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