Firebase vs Google Cloud Storage: What are the differences?
Firebase: The Realtime App Platform. Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds; Google Cloud Storage: Durable and highly available object storage service. Google Cloud Storage allows world-wide storing and retrieval of any amount of data and at any time. It provides a simple programming interface which enables developers to take advantage of Google's own reliable and fast networking infrastructure to perform data operations in a secure and cost effective manner. If expansion needs arise, developers can benefit from the scalability provided by Google's infrastructure.
Firebase and Google Cloud Storage are primarily classified as "Realtime Backend / API" and "Cloud Storage" tools respectively.
Some of the features offered by Firebase are:
- Add the Firebase library to your app and get access to a shared data structure. Any changes made to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.
- Firebase apps can be written entirely with client-side code, update in real-time out-of-the-box, interoperate well with existing services, scale automatically, and provide strong data security.
- Data Accessibility- Data is stored as JSON in Firebase. Every piece of data has its own URL which can be used in Firebase's client libraries and as a REST endpoint. These URLs can also be entered into a browser to view the data and watch it update in real-time.
On the other hand, Google Cloud Storage provides the following key features:
- High Capacity and Scalability
- Strong Data Consistency
- Google Developers Console Projects
"Realtime backend made easy" is the primary reason why developers consider Firebase over the competitors, whereas "Scalable" was stated as the key factor in picking Google Cloud Storage.
Instacart, 9GAG, and Twitch are some of the popular companies that use Firebase, whereas Google Cloud Storage is used by Accenture, Evernote, and Teleport. Firebase has a broader approval, being mentioned in 859 company stacks & 997 developers stacks; compared to Google Cloud Storage, which is listed in 183 company stacks and 79 developer stacks.
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