Google’s Cloud Spanner melds transactional consistency, NoSQL scale

Earlier this year, Google offered a peek at Cloud Spanner, an auto-managed database service that melds features from both conventional relational systems and NoSQL technologies.

Today, Google announced Cloud Spanner will be available to the general public later this month. It will compete not only with rival cloud databases, but also up-and-coming open source projects that address scale and reliability issues by using Google’s own ideas.

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