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102 Ratings
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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Score 8.4 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Google BigQuery

BigQuery is unlike anything we've used as a big data tool. It is perfectly suited to query large data sets quickly and to store those large data sets for any time use. It's perfect for storing data and using it for reports. Logging data is the perfect application for BigQuery, but transactional data is possible as well
Tristan Dobbs | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure SQL Database

The most important positive for our organization is the ability to scale up or down at will. As a startup, we needed to quickly adapt to changing space and performance needs. It's also integral as we grow different branches of the business. Thus far, we haven't encountered much of anything with the tool that hasn't been a good fit for our business.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Database-as-a-Service

Google BigQuery
9.0
Azure SQL Database
9.1
Automatic software patching
Google BigQuery
9.3
Azure SQL Database
9.1
Database scalability
Google BigQuery
9.3
Azure SQL Database
9.4
Automated backups
Google BigQuery
8.6
Azure SQL Database
9.1
Database security provisions
Google BigQuery
8.9
Azure SQL Database
9.3
Monitoring and metrics
Google BigQuery
8.8
Azure SQL Database
8.4
Automatic host deployment
Google BigQuery
8.9
Azure SQL Database
9.0

Pros

Google BigQuery

  • How many pros can a person type? This storage program gives workers and students the reality of unlimited storage space. I have never came close to overfilling my google cloud storage because it's huge and the best. I can view anything I save on there from any of my internet devices which is very important.
  • Depending on how you have the program set up - either online or through an application that lives on your desktop, dragging and dropping files to and from Cloud Storage couldn't be any more uncomplicated. Plus, new users who meet certain criteria - like updating personal security, or share the program receive additional free online storage.
  • The array of tools is very impressive, intuitive to use, and well organized in the sense that you don't have to go looking for individual apps. They're all easily accessed via a single dropdown.
Sam Lepak | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure SQL Database

  • Scalability is #1: if it used to be an almost no-win endeavour to try to modernize your server or migrate to other hardware, with Azure SQL Database it becomes a press of a button.
  • All the tools simply work after you are on Azure SQL Database.
  • The applications do not need changes in order to start using Azure SQL Database.
  • Hybrid Cloud scenarios will work.
  • Clustering and failover - already there.
  • You can start monitoring the use and extract performance insights in a new way in Azure.
Arthur Zubarev | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Google BigQuery

  • Though it is SQL some syntax are different but they are getting used to after you use for some time.
  • The legacy SQL is in beta state but can be used and you can run the query with simple SQL.
  • More documentation is needed for using User-defined functions in Big Query.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure SQL Database

  • A little slow on processing complex or large Views. We use a lot of Views to feed our BI system, and the processing time could see some improvement, IMHO.
  • Additional monitoring components would be nice too, automating some built in performance measurement tools would be a nice feature.
  • Price can always be improved as well. It’s not bad, but room for improvement.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Google BigQuery

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Azure SQL Database

Azure SQL Database 8.0
Based on 1 answer
This is best solution as a DBA one could expect from a service provider and as a cloud service, it removes all your hassles.
Zimran Azim | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Google BigQuery

Google BigQuery 9.0
Based on 1 answer
BigQuery is a little bit difficult to learn at first. The tools are all there but it takes a few hours of practice and trial and error to be comfortable processing a large dataset. It can handle quite a bit and the cloud storage makes those experimental practice hours much easier to do in your spare time. The software is capable of doing a lot, it's just a matter of being patient and learning the ways of BigQuery.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure SQL Database

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Google BigQuery

Google BigQuery 8.5
Based on 8 answers
I rated the overall support for Google BigQuery as a mediocre five because it has limited support from Google. Instead, it is heavily dependent on an organization's IT resources such as SQL analysts and Data Architects to run big data reports or maintain data quality. Additionally, if errors occur during a run of complex SQL queries or when sending data to Google BigQuery from other sources, Google provides basic email support which needs to be complemented with internal data warehouse support to fix the root cause of the database errors. Finally, due to constraints on the amount of data an analyst can query or pay the additional cost when exceeding the limit, basic Google support is not sufficient to meet data needs without interruption.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure SQL Database

Azure SQL Database 9.0
Based on 5 answers
We give the support a high rating simply because every time we've had issues or questions, representatives were in contact with us quickly. Without fail, our issues/questions were handled in a timely matter. That kind of response is integral when client data integrity and availability is in question. There is also a wealth of documentation for resolving issues on your own.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Google BigQuery

Spinning up, provisioning, maintaining and debugging a Hadoop solution can be non-trivial, painful. I'm talking about both GCE based or HDInsight clusters. It requires expertise (+ employee hire, costs). With BigQuery if someone has a good SQL knowledge (and maybe a little programming), can already start to test and develop. All of the infrastructure and platform services are taken care of. Google BigQuery is a magnitudes simpler to use than Hadoop, but you have to evaluate the costs. BigQuery billing is dependent on your data size and how much data your query touches.
Csaba Toth | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure SQL Database

Comparing with Amazon Aurora: Azure SQL DB is 100% compatible with SQL Server and Aurora is compatible with MySQL and PostGreSQL. Because of if, SQL DB suits large enterprises with hundreds of databases better. Comparing with Oracle: the main issue is that Oracle will try to push all other services available in their product offering.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Google BigQuery

  • Google BigQuery has had enormous impact in terms of ROI to our business, as it has allowed us to ease our dependence on our physical servers, which we pay for monthly from another hosting service. We have been able to run multiple enterprise scale data processing applications with almost no investment
  • Since our business is highly client focused, Google Cloud Platform, and BigQuery specifically, has allowed us to get very granular in how our usage should be attributed to different projects, clients, and teams.
  • Plain and simple, I believe the meager investments that we have made in Google BigQuery have paid themselves back hundreds of times over.
Alex Andrews | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure SQL Database

  • Azure SQL Databases are a great solution and with the Azure pricing model, you can reduce costs in most scenarios. They also have added intrinsic value by the products nature of being scale-able to the current task (i.e.- a short term need for more processing power).
Michael Jipping | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Google BigQuery

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Azure SQL Database

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Google BigQuery
8.3
Azure SQL Database
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Google BigQuery
Azure SQL Database
8.0

Usability

Google BigQuery
9.0
Azure SQL Database

Support Rating

Google BigQuery
8.5
Azure SQL Database
9.0

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