Introduction to Cloud BigTable

Lab Details:

  1. This lab walks you through BigTable, and how it is different from BigQuery.

  2. You will be creating a BigTable Cluster and Table.

  3. Region: us-central1

  4. Duration: 60 minutes

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What is BigTable?

Bigtable is a distributed database that runs on clusters for applications that has massive data. Its mainly designed for unstructured data, and scales horizontally.

Cloud Bigtable is not a relational database system. It stores data in key-value pairs.

When to choose BigTable and BigQuery?

  • For Interactive querying in an online analytical processing system use BigQuery.

  • BigQuery is a data warehouse application, and it stores data in structured tables.

  • BigQuery supports SQL queries whereas BigTable doesn't support SQL queries.

  • BigTable is not a recommended solution for a small volume of data(< 1 TB).

  • BigTable is characteristic of a NoSQL system whereas BigQuery is somewhat of a hybrid where it is mainly used for SQL queries but it does support NoSQL as well.

  • For e.g. If you want to do analytics or business intelligence from collected data from different sources into one location i.e BigQuery.

  • Simple, Database - BigTable whereas Analytics - BigQuery

Lab Tasks:

  1. Login into GCP Console.

  2. Creating BigTable Instance.

  3. Creating a BigTable Cluster.

  4. Create a Table.

  5. Create a Column Family.

  6. Inserting data into Table.

  7. Reading data through the Table.

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