Last month, during I/O, Google announced and launched AlloyDB, a fully managed, cloud-native architecture, PostgreSQL-compatible database service for your most demanding enterprise database workloads.PostgreSQL is an RDBMS backed by more than 20 years of development by the open-source community that supports both SQL (relational) and JSON (non-relational, still SQL though) querying and is also used as a primary database for many web applications as well as mobile and analytics applications.

How is AlloyDB stepping up to help?

According to Google, is 4X faster than standard PostgreSQL for transactional workloads, offers a 99.99% uptime SLA, maintenance inclusive, it automatically detects and recovers most database failures within 60 seconds, independent of database size and load.

Data analysts can also benefit from AllowDB since it is up to 100X faster than standard PostgreSQL for analytical queries. Analytical queries are used to calculate an aggregated value from the dataset based on a specific set of rows instead of the entire dataset.

Cloud services offer organizations agility and cost savings. That’s why 75% of all databases are expected to move from proprietary placed on-premise to the cloud in 2022, so AllowDB came right on time.

Why PostgreSQL?

It’s open-source! The portability has gained relevance in the enterprise, along with the license-free (simple license management), and cost-effectiveness.

  • Its rich functionality and extensibility. Most of the time provides an equivalent set of functionalities as the paid closed-source solutions. To mention a few:
  • It’s proven. More than 20 years of development by the open-source community and millions of users on mission-critical applications.


Google has stated that it will be Customer-friendly, with no expensive, restrictive licensing and no opaque I/O charges.

How does Cloud SQL pricing compare to AllowDB? The below table uses Cloud SQL: MySQL and PostgreSQL pricing and AllowDB for PostgreSQL pricing, both in Iowa (us-central-1) in monthly view:

Cloud SQL

Cloud SQL (High Availability)


$30.149 / vCPU

$60.298 / vCPU

$48.24 / vCPU

$5.11 / GB Memory

$10.22 / GB Memory

$8.18 / GB Memory

$0.17 per GB (SSD)

$0.34 per GB (SSD)

$0.3 / GB Storage

AlloyDB has similar pricing to Cloud SQL in high availability instances (also called regional instances), so, considering the features and benefits we discussed, we consider AllowDB to be on your radar. May be worth a shot 😉