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System Properties Comparison Google Cloud Spanner vs. Microsoft Access

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NameGoogle Cloud Spanner  Xexclude from comparisonMicrosoft Access  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionA horizontally scalable, globally consistent, relational database service. It is the externalization of the core Google database that runs the biggest aspects of Google, like Ads and Google Play.Microsoft Access combines a backend RDBMS (JET / ACE Engine) with a GUI frontend for data manipulation and queries. infoThe Access frontend is often used for accessing other datasources (DBMS, Excel, etc.)
Primary database modelRelational DBMSRelational DBMS
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Score2.24
Rank#108  Overall
#56  Relational DBMS
Score144.65
Rank#9  Overall
#6  Relational DBMS
Websitecloud.google.com/­spannerproducts.office.com/­en-us/­access
Technical documentationcloud.google.com/­spanner/­docsmsdn.microsoft.com/­en-us/­library/­office/­ff604965.aspx
DeveloperGoogleMicrosoft
Initial release20171992
Current release1902 (16.0.11328.20222), March 2019
License infoCommercial or Open Sourcecommercialcommercial infoBundled with Microsoft Office
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceyesno
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Implementation languageC++
Server operating systemshostedWindows infoNot a real database server, but making use of DLLs
Data schemeyesyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyes
XML support infoSome form of processing data in XML format, e.g. support for XML data structures, and/or support for XPath, XQuery or XSLT.no
Secondary indexesyesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLyes infoQuery statements complying to ANSI 2011yes infobut not compliant to any SQL standard
APIs and other access methodsgRPC (using protocol buffers) API
RESTful HTTP API
JDBC infoAt present, JDBC supports read-only queries. No support for DDL or DML statements.
DAO
OLE DB
ADO.NET
ODBC
Supported programming languagesGo
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
Python
C
C#
C++
Delphi
Java (JDBC-ODBC)
VBA
Visual Basic.NET
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresnoyes infosince Access 2010 using the ACE-engine
Triggersnoyes infosince Access 2010 using the ACE-engine
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesShardingnone
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesMaster-Master replication with 3 replicas for regional instances.none
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsyes infousing Google Cloud Dataflowno
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyes infoby using interleaved tables, this features focuses more on performance improvements than on referential integrityyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACID infoStrict serializable isolationACID infobut no files for transaction logging
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyes infobut no files for transaction logging
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.no
User concepts infoAccess controlAccess rights for users, groups and roles based on Google Cloud Identity and Access Management (IAM)no infoa simple user-level security was built in till version Access 2003
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Google Cloud SpannerMicrosoft Access
Specific characteristicsCloud Spanner is the only enterprise-grade, globally-distributed, and strongly consistent...
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Competitive advantagesNo compromises Most databases today require making trade-offs between scale and consistency....
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Typical application scenariosFinancial trading, insurance, global call centers, supply-chain management and manufacturing,...
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Key customersMarketo , Optiva , Evernote , Mixpanel , Google
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