Cloud is the Limit: Google Cloud Platform Database Services
GCP offers several database services that you can choose from.
A relational GCP database service that is fully managed and compatible with MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQL Server, Cloud SQL includes features like automated backups, data replication, and disaster recovery to ensure high availability and flexibility.
When to choose: From ‘lift and shift’ of on-premise SQL databases to the cloud to handling large-scale SQL data analytics to supporting CMS data storage and scalability and deployment of micro services, Cloud SQL has many uses and is a better option when you need relational database capabilities but don’t need storage capacity over 10TB.
Another fully managed, relational Google Cloud database service, Cloud Spanner differs from Cloud SQL by focusing on combining the benefits of relational structure and non-relational scalability. It provides consistency across rows and high-performance operations and includes features like built-in security, automatic replication, and multi-language support.
When to choose: Cloud Spanner should be your go-to option if you plan on using large amounts of data (more than 10TB) and need transactional consistency. It is also a perfect choice if you wish to use sharding for higher throughput and accessibility.
With BigQuery you can perform data analyses via SQL and query stream-data. Since BigQuery is a serverless data warehouse that’s fully managed, its built-in Data Transfer Service helps you migrate data from on-premises resources, including Teradata.
It incorporates features for machine learning, business intelligence, and geospatial analysis that are provided through BigQuery ML, BI Engine, and GIS.
When to choose: Use cases for BigQuery involve process analytics and optimization, big data processing and analytics, data warehouse modernisation, machine learning-based behavioural analytics and predictions.
It is a fully managed NoSQL Google Cloud database service that is designed for large operational and analytics workloads. Cloud Bigtable includes features for high availability and zero-downtime configuration changes. You can practically integrate it with a variety of tools, including Apache tools and Google Cloud services.
Cloud Bigtable use cases cover financial analysis and prediction, IoT data ingestion, processing, and analytics, and hyper-personalised marketing applications.
When to choose: Cloud Bigtable is a good option if you are using large amounts of single key data and is preferable for low-latency, high throughput workloads.
A fully managed, serverless NoSQL GCP database designed for the development of serverless apps, Cloud Firestore can be used to store, sync, and query data for web, mobile, and IoT applications. With critical features like offline support, live synchronization, and built-in security, you can even integrate Firestore with Firebase, GCP’s mobile development platform, for easier app creation.
Cloud Firestore use cases include mobile and web applications with both online and offline capabilities, multi-user, collaborative applications, real-time analytics, social media applications, and gaming forums and leaderboards.
When to choose: When your focus lies on app development and you need live synchronization and offline support.
Firebase Realtime Database:
This is a NoSQL Google Cloud database that is a part of the Firebase platform. It allows you to store and sync data in real-time and includes caching capabilities for offline use. It also enables you to implement declarative authentication, matching users by identity or pattern.
It includes mobile and web software development kits for easier app development.
Use cases for Firebase Realtime Database involve development of apps that work across devices, advertisement optimisation and personalisation, and third-party payment processing.
Designed to be secure, highly available, and scalable, Cloud Memorystore is a fully managed, in-memory Google Cloud data store that enables you to create application caches with sub-millisecond latency for data access.
Use cases for Cloud Memorystore include ‘lift and shift’ migration of applications, machine learning applications, real-time analytics, low latency data caching and retrieval.
When to choose: If you are using key-value datasets and your main focus is transaction latency.
Choosing the database on key questions
I also created this flowchart that can show a direction in terms of selecting the database: