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Cheaper cloud spanner starting price

It would be great if Cloud Spanner had a cheaper starting price. I listened to Deepti Srivastava on https://www.gcppodcast.com/post/episode-62-cloud-spanner-with-deepti-srivastava/ talk about customer feedback on pricing and how they felt that Cloud Spanner provided incredible value.

I 100% agree that it provides incredible value, and the performance that you can get from a single node is great and comparable to a MySQL VM that costs the same amount. However my needs are much more modest than 10,000 queries per second or 2,000 writes per second. I'd be quite happy with a node that provided 1/10th of the performance at even 1/4 or 1/2 the price of a single node.

High availability, reliability, and transactions are all important for my app, I just don't have a high throughput to start with. My choices are: start with a more modestly provisioned Cloud SQL instance and then rewrite my app when I get enough customers to warrant the $600/month for Spanner, or start with Spanner and essentially over-provision it.

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    Daniel Compton shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  AdminPaul Nash (Product Manager, GCE, Google) responded  · 

    Thanks, we’ve heard this feedback from a number of different directions, and the team is aware of the desire to see something like this. We’ll update this request in the future if there are new offerings to announce.

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      • Alan Kaifu Lu commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Before we fully know and use powerful GCP, many investments have lots of risk. So in order to let more companies and developer to deep research and fully use all kinds of function, we need have more attractive policies.
        Having more new clients, having more new GCP service deeply integrate into clients cloud systems, having long-term and stable cooperation. All of them are what we most want to see, right?

      • mark f Edwards commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        i would like to see a "test" version google-spanner. we are trying to connect a framework to spanner and i believe google-spanner should be more economical when being accessed in a development mode.

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