Google Cloud BigTable vs. Azure SQL Database

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cloud BigTable
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Google's Cloud Bigtable is a fully managed, scalable NoSQL database service for large analytical and operational workloads with up to 99.999% availability.
$0.03
per month
Azure SQL Database
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Azure SQL Database is Microsoft's relational database as a service (DBaaS).
$0.50
Per Hour
Pricing
Google Cloud BigTableAzure SQL Database
Editions & Modules
Backup Storage
$0.026
per month per GB
HDD storage
$0.026
per month per GB
SSD storage
$0.17
per month per GB
Nodes
$0.65/hour
per month per node (minimum 1 nodes)
2 vCORE
$0.5044
Per Hour
6 vCORE
$1.5131
Per Hour
10 vCORE
$2.52
Per Hour
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cloud BigTableAzure SQL Database
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Google Cloud BigTableAzure SQL Database
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Features
Google Cloud BigTableAzure SQL Database
Database-as-a-Service
Comparison of Database-as-a-Service features of Product A and Product B
Google Cloud BigTable
8.8
1 Ratings
1% above category average
Azure SQL Database
9.2
27 Ratings
5% above category average
Automatic software patching8.01 Ratings8.125 Ratings
Database scalability10.01 Ratings10.027 Ratings
Automated backups9.01 Ratings9.927 Ratings
Database security provisions8.01 Ratings9.027 Ratings
Monitoring and metrics9.01 Ratings9.026 Ratings
Automatic host deployment00 Ratings9.022 Ratings
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Google Cloud BigTableAzure SQL Database
Small Businesses
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Score 8.2 out of 10
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Score 8.2 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
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Score 8.2 out of 10
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Score 8.2 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 8.2 out of 10
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Score 8.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
Google Cloud BigTableAzure SQL Database
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(27 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(5 ratings)
User Testimonials
Google Cloud BigTableAzure SQL Database
Likelihood to Recommend
Google
Google Bigtable is ONLY suited for massive data sets which scale PetaBytes and TerraBytes. Anything under this can easily be done via dedicated VMs and open source tools. Google Bigtable is expensive and shall be used wisely. It should be utilised only where it is well suited else you would simply be wasting dollars and not utilizing its full benefits.
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Microsoft
Your upcoming app can be built faster on a fully managed SQL database and can be moved into Azure with a few to no application code changes. Flexible and responsive server less computing and Hyperscale storage can cope with your changing requirements and one of the main benefits is the reduction in costs, which is noticeable.
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Pros
Google
  • Analytics: is at Google's heart. No on can beat Google in this space and BigTable is one of its implementation of this. The insights you gain from BigTable are simply usable in your day to day activities and can help you make real difference.
  • Speed: Processing TBs and PBs of data under minutes needs real efficient platform which is capable of doing much more than just processing data. All this data cannot be processed by a single machine, but rather huge pairs of machines working in conjuction with each other. BigTable's implementation is one of the finest and allows you achieve great speeds!
  • Interface: is great. Google has segregated required task under logically placed buttons which takes no time by users to understand and get habituated.
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Microsoft
  • Maintenance is always an issue, so using a cloud solution saves a lot of trouble.
  • On premise solutions always suffer from fragmented implementations here and there, where several "dba's" keep track of security and maintenance. With a cloud database it's much easier to keep a central overview.
  • Security options in SQL database are next level... data masking, hiding sensitive data where always neglected on premise, whereas you'll get this automatically in the cloud.
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Cons
Google
  • User interface's responsiveness: I understand so much is going on under the hood, but laggyness is acceptable if a workload is running or being processed. In case their is not workload being process, GUI should work blazing fast. I have faced this at times, and this becomes frustrating as well.
  • Nothing other than this - BigTable is quite efficient platform and does exactly what it is built for.
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Microsoft
  • One needs to be aware that some T-SQL features are simply not available.
  • The programmatic access to server, trace flags, hardware from within Azure SQL Database is taken away (for a good reason).
  • No SQL Agent so your jobs need to be orchestrated differently.
  • The maximum concurrent logins maybe an unexpected problem.
  • Sudden disconnects.
  • The developers and admin must study the capacity and tier usage limits https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-subscription-service-limits otherwise some errors or even transaction aborts never seen before can occur.
  • Only one Latin Collation choice.
  • There is no way to debug T-SQL ( a big drawback in my point of view).
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Likelihood to Renew
Google
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
This is best solution as a DBA one could expect from a service provider and as a cloud service, it removes all your hassles.
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Usability
Google
For big IT firms like us, data is very important and it only holds its value if it can make sense to us. Therefore, Bigtable's usability is priceless when it comes to decision making based on data.
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Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Google
Google provides premium support services for BigTable which is absolutely blazing fast similar to Bigtable's performance.
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Microsoft
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.
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Alternatives Considered
Google
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
We moved away from Oracle and NoSQL because we had been so reliant on them for the last 25 years, the pricing was too much and we were looking for a way to cut the cord. Snowflake is just too up in the air, feels like it is soon to be just another line item to add to your Azure subscription. Azure was just priced right, easy to migrate to and plenty of resources to hire to support/maintain it. Very easy to learn, too.
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Return on Investment
Google
  • Positive return on investment.
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Microsoft
  • Perfect for small and medium databases, being very cost effective.
  • As a Platform as a Service, there is no concern about patches, upgrades and end of life.
  • Be aware of security and network capabilities. The service cannot run in the VNET as Azure Virtual Machines do.
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