Cloud Spanner: Qwik Start

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Cloud Spanner: Qwik Start


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Cloud Spanner is a fully managed, mission-critical, relational database service that offers transactional consistency at global scale, schemas, SQL (ANSI 2011 with extensions), and automatic, synchronous replication for high availability.

Cloud Spanner offers:

  • Strong consistency, including strongly consistent secondary indexes.
  • SQL support, with ALTER statements for schema changes.
  • Managed instances with high availability through transparent, synchronous, built-in data replication.

Cloud Spanner offers regional and multi-region instance configurations.

What it's good for

Cloud Spanner is ideal for relational, structured, and semi-structured data that requires high availability, strong consistency, and transactional reads and writes.

Other storage options

Here are some common scenarios where you should probably consider an alternative to Cloud Spanner:

This hands-on lab shows you how to create a Cloud Spanner instance, database, and table; add a schema, write and modify data, and run a query.

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