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Score 9.3 out of 100
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Score 7.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    NoSQL Databases

    9.1

    IBM Cloudant

    91%

    Google Cloud Spanner

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    IBM Cloudant ranks higher in 7/7 features

    Performance

    9.0
    90%
    19 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Availability

    8.8
    88%
    19 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Concurrency

    9.0
    90%
    19 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Security

    9.5
    95%
    19 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Scalability

    9.6
    96%
    19 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Data model flexibility

    8.5
    85%
    19 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Deployment model flexibility

    9.5
    95%
    19 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Database-as-a-Service

    IBM Cloudant

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.0

    Google Cloud Spanner

    80%
    Google Cloud Spanner ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Automatic software patching

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    2 Ratings

    Database scalability

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    2 Ratings

    Automated backups

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating

    Database security provisions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.2
    62%
    2 Ratings

    Monitoring and metrics

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.2
    62%
    2 Ratings

    Automatic host deployment

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    2 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • IBM Cloudant is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.4

    IBM Cloudant

    94%
    43 Ratings
    7.5

    Google Cloud Spanner

    75%
    2 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    7.3

    IBM Cloudant

    73%
    1 Rating

    Google Cloud Spanner

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    7.7

    IBM Cloudant

    77%
    5 Ratings

    Google Cloud Spanner

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Availability

    8.2

    IBM Cloudant

    82%
    2 Ratings

    Google Cloud Spanner

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    8.2

    IBM Cloudant

    82%
    2 Ratings

    Google Cloud Spanner

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.6

    IBM Cloudant

    86%
    6 Ratings

    Google Cloud Spanner

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Online Training

    7.3

    IBM Cloudant

    73%
    2 Ratings

    Google Cloud Spanner

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    8.2

    IBM Cloudant

    82%
    8 Ratings

    Google Cloud Spanner

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Configurability

    8.5

    IBM Cloudant

    85%
    5 Ratings

    Google Cloud Spanner

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    9.6

    IBM Cloudant

    96%
    23 Ratings

    Google Cloud Spanner

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    9.1

    IBM Cloudant

    91%
    1 Rating

    Google Cloud Spanner

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    IBM

    Our organization found Cloudant most suitable if One, a fixed pricing structure would make the most sense, for example in a situation where the project Cloudant is being used in makes its revenue in procurement or fixed retainer — thus the predictability of costs is paramount; Two, where you need to frequently edit the data and/or share access to the query engine to non-engineers — this is where the GUI shines.
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    Google

    Google Cloud Spanner is suited for limitless horizontal scaling while maintaining strong consistency which needs to support ACID. NoSQL databases work in scaling but no ACID support. RDBMS support ACID, but horizontal scaling is not as great. The API it provides result in some limitations to related areas of the code, such as connection pools or database linking framework. So high # of connection pools can vary.
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    Pros

    IBM

    • For us, performance and scalability is the key, and Cloudant DB backed by CouchDB is scalable and performant.
    • IBM Cloudant dB is very easy to provision for sandbox, development, QA as well as production.
    • Support for Java for CouchDB app server analytics enables a greater control for over developers.
    • Schema free oriented very easy to program and build applications on it.
    • We love it!!
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    Google

    • Super high availability
    • Scales automatically
    • High standard SLA
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    Cons

    IBM

    • It was only after we went with the cloud-based solution that IBM rolled out an on-premise version.
    • We found that a 3rd-party ODBC driver was required for a few applications that needed to pull data out of Cloudant.
    • The sales process was difficult because the salesperson we used was not as versed on Cloudant as I had hoped.
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    Google

    • Support for Views
    • Support for more databases (schemas).
    • More index types that can be supported (Functional)
    • Backups (ie table/data backup) if data is deleted or truncate by accident.
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    Pricing Details

    IBM Cloudant

    Starting Price

    $0 20 reads/second ; 10 writes/second ; 5 global queries / second ; 1 GB of storage capacity

    Editions & Modules

    IBM Cloudant editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    LiteFree1
    Standard$752
    StandardIncluded3
    Standard$14

    Footnotes

    1. 20 reads/second ; 10 writes/second ; 5 global queries / second ; 1 GB of storage capacity
    2. per month 100 reads/second ; 50 writes/second ; 5 global queries/second
    3. per month 20 GB of storage
    4. per month per GB of storage above the included 20 GB

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    Google Cloud Spanner

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Google Cloud Spanner editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      IBM

      the flexibility of NoSQL allow us to modify and upgrade our apps very fast and in a convenient way. Having the solution hosted by IBM is also giving us the chance to focus on features and the improvement of our apps. It's one thing less to be worried about
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      Google

      No answers on this topic

      Usability

      IBM

      It's mostly just a straight forward API to a data store. I knock one off for the full text search thing, but I don't need it much anyways. Also, the dashboard UI they give is pretty nice to use. It provides syntax-highlighting for writing views and queries are easy to test. I wish other DBs had a UI like this.
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      Google

      No answers on this topic

      Reliability and Availability

      IBM

      it is a highly available solution in the IBM cloud portfolio and hence we have never had any issues with the data base being available - we also do continuous replication to be on the safer side just in case some thing goes awry. We also perform twice a year disaster recovery tests.
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      Google

      No answers on this topic

      Performance

      IBM

      very easy to get started and is very developer friendly given that it uses couchDB analytics. It is a cloud based solution and hence there is no hardware investment in a server and staging the server to get started and the associated delays/bureaucracy involved to get started. Good documentation is also available.
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      Google

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      IBM

      Very happy by the commitment given by the team which has been really good over the last 7 years of usage.
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      Google

      No answers on this topic

      Online Training

      IBM

      online resources are good enough to understand but there is nothing like testing. In our case, we discovered some not documented behavior that we take in count now. Also, the experience in NodeJs is critical. Also, take in count that most of the "good practices" with cloudant are not in online courses but in blogs and pages from independent developers
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      Google

      No answers on this topic

      Implementation Rating

      IBM

      • Test the architecture on CouchDB helped us to address initial design flaws.
      • The migration to Cloudant as such was very painless.
      • We have migrate our replication system to Cloudant Android Sync for mobile devices.
      • We have regular informal contact with the Cloudant leadership to discuss our use cases and implementation strategies.
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      Google

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      IBM

      The feature-set, including security, is very comparable. Overall, IBM's services added to the product are mature and stable, although product support and engineers could be a little better. Global availability is improving, and Disaster Recover Capabilities are great. Overall, it's very comparable to MongoDB as a DBaaS offer, available globally and with great documentation.
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      Google

      At that point, we were looking at something [that] can hold our relational database, [...] provide stable connection, and maintain high ACID transition. BigTable is for nonrelational database so it was out of our [sight] very quickly. BigQuery is a data warehouse that can hold huge amount of data but not ideal for transition. AWS RDS is [...] similar to Spanner but because most of our services are already on GCP, so we went with Spanner.
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      Scalability

      IBM

      The service scales incredibly well. As you would expect from CloudDB and IBM combination. The only reason I wouldn't score it a 10 is the fact that document trees can get nested and nested very quickly if you are attempting to do very complex datasets. Which makes your code that much more complex to deal. Its very possible we could find a solution to this problem with better database planning to begin with, but one of the reasons we chose a service over a self-hosted solution was so we could set it up quick and forget about it. So we weren't going to dedicate a team to architecture optimization.
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      Google

      No answers on this topic

      Return on Investment

      IBM

      • IBM Cloudant is very secure and we never have to worry about losing data/unauthorized access
      • It is one of the best data backup system and works well
      • Global availability means it is easy to connect to the nearest data center and this reduces load time which is great.
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      Google

      • Backups specifically if transactional data is deleted. Restoring made us lose time.
      • Sharding on Horizontal level was quick and easy. Deployment and increasing nodes is easy
      • Large dataset handling.
      • ACID compliance
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