You’ve probably heard about Cloud Spanner,
but what exactly does it do that is so different from other databases out
How do you know if it’s worth spending your
valuable time trying out?
Cloud Spanner is the first
enterprise-grade, globally distributed, and strongly consistent database
service built for the cloud specifically to combine the benefits of relational
database structure with non-relational database scale.
Phew! That was a mouthful.
So, what really differentiates it? It’s unique
in the marketplace in that it combines transactions, SQL query, and relational
structure with the scalability you typically associate with non-relational or
Databases are part of every application. So
it’s very important to pick the right database for your application.
With Cloud Spanner, you enjoy all the
traditional benefits of a SQL database; transactions, high availability, schema
changes without downtime, and SQL queries. But unlike many relational
databases, Cloud Spanner scales horizontally from one to thousands of servers,
an arbitrarily large number.
With fully automatic data replication and
server redundancy, Cloud Spanner delivers up to five nines of availability in
multi-region instances and four nines of availability in regional instances.
In fact, Google’s internal Spanner instance has been handling millions of queries per second from many Google services for years.
In this video, you’ll find out what Cloud
Spanner is, what it’s useful for, why it’s unique, and the challenges it