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Google is adding the last piece of the puzzle in its cloud database portfolio. Google Cloud Spanner, entering public beta this week, introduces a distributed transaction database with SQL support engineered for truly global scale.


  • This note assesses how Google Cloud Platform's Spanner implementation is differentiated from other cloud-based transaction databases with SQL support.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides a snapshot of Google's Spanner, and how its distributed architecture differentiates from existing cloud-based SQL transaction databases.
  • Assesses the near- and long-term prospects for Cloud Spanner.

Key questions answered

  • What is the significance of Google Cloud Platform's beta release of Cloud Spanner?
  • What use cases is Cloud Spanner best suited for?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Google is making the secret sauce available
  • Adding the last piece of the puzzle
  • Spanner's big hurdle: global consistency
  • So whom is this really for?


  • Further reading
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