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Google Cloud Spanner Playground

Up to 2h
Free playExplore without specific objectives or guided instruction.
Real-world experiencePractice in a live, pre-configured sandbox environment.
Lab description

Google Cloud Spanner is a fully managed, unlimited scale, and highly scalable SQL database service. It allows you to build and deploy a production-ready SQL database solution in minutes, and use and maintain it with little effort. Cloud Spanner skills in Google Cloud are also essential for attaining certifications like the Professional Data Engineer certification. For such certifications and to build solutions in Google Cloud, a good grasp of Cloud Spanner principles is needed.

The playground is a safe and secure sandbox environment for you to explore your own ideas, follow along with Cloud Academy courses, or answer your own questions all without the need to install any software on your local machine. The extended duration of this playground provides you with ample time to play to your heart's content. The goal is to be able to experiment and learn with little start time or overhead. Feel free to experiment with creating and configuring a Cloud Spanner instance and databases. You'll have the permissions necessary to create a single Spanner instance with a single node, along with unlimited databases. Enjoy!

Intended Audience

This lab is intended for:

  • Google Cloud Professional Data Engineer (PDE) candidates
  • Individuals that need to deploy and maintain an unlimited scale SQL solution


You may benefit from being familiar with Google Cloud Spanner service. The following labs cover this topic:

About the author
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Stefano studies Computer Science and is passionate about technology. He loves working with Cloud services and learning all the best practices for them. Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services are the cloud providers he prefers. He is a Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer. Node.js is the programming language he always uses to code. When he's not involved in studying or working, Stefano loves riding his motorbike and exploring new places.

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Google Cloud Spanner Playground