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Real User
Fullstack software developer with Python and angular in Google cloud platform at a university with 10,001+ employees
Dec 31 2019

What is most valuable?

The Realtime Database feature is the most important for us since we are able to see changes in the database the moment they are happening. So, we built a real-time chat… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The product that we sell has a lot of important features, and one is the real-time chat that was only made possible by Firebase. Currently, we are working on a migration… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to have a facility for testing possible scenarios by writing dummy data and then doing different queries. This would help me to better develop applications.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The monthly cost is based on writing data and queries to the database. The price, I would say, is cheap. You can use this database in the free tier even for production… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using CouchDB and we changed because we needed to use a managed service. The one available on GCP was Firebase.

What other advice do I have?

Queries to the database were very simple. However, modeling is a challenge and I recommend running proof of concepts when you want to store something new in the database… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other solutions.
AnthonyAbah
Real User
Programmer at WML
Dec 03 2019

What is most valuable?

The Firebase hosting and the automated authentication service, as well as the cloud functionality, are the solution's most valuable features. The documentation and guides for implementation are very… more»

What needs improvement?

The cold start-up of the cloud function needs to speed up. For me personally, I'm not experienced in anything there, however, I've just read online it's a problem.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The solution is free up to a certain point. You don't have to add your credit card until you exceed the limits allowed.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used Jelastic but the pricing was poor. I switched to Google because it is free up to a certain point.

What other advice do I have?

I'm using the latest online version of the solution, which is public cloud-based. I can develop the solution offline if I like. I go offline to develop the solution and then I'll go online again to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did evaluate other options, including Amazon AWS, but I had difficulty. I'd subscribe using my credit card and they'd deduct my money but I would not get any codes to authenticate. After a long… more»
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Marko Adzic
Real User
Director Private Sector Software Solutions at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 07 2019

What is most valuable?

The main feature for us is that the tools are all in one place and that you don't have to bother with the backend system and the infrastructure.

How has it helped my organization?

We tried to save costs by cutting some unnecessary operational things in the infrastructure and in the backend.

What needs improvement?

As we were not able to calculate the amount of traffic and the bandwidth, we were not able to calculate the pricing accurately. There was no way of knowing how the rise in… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is not easy to calculate the cost per copy, use or if the load rose dramatically we did not know how that would impact the final price. The pricing for the… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are using Mircosoft Azure in parallel with Google Firebase.

What other advice do I have?

It's a good product for prototyping, with a nice interface and is easy to work with, but difficult to predict the cost. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other options, including AWS, and one more platform based in Python.
Shawky Foda
Consultant
Senior Technical Consultant at Masterworks
Aug 22 2019

What is most valuable?

I found the flexibility of handling and dealing with the database through EDL to be very useful.

What needs improvement?

Their technical support needs to be enhanced with more support for customers. They should also improve the monitoring and control for the database to monitor the performance and fine-tuning of the database itself. Automatic detection of potential errors or failures in the database would also be very… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I was mainly using Oracle Database, which has different concepts for different scenarios, to some extent. Since it's one year old, it's tough to move to the Firebase Database. I have had a good experience in both Google and Oracle environments and I also have had good experiences in Google… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Firebase as eight out of ten.
Jay Panchal
Real User
R&D Team Lead at Becon
Sep 23 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature I like is that it is in realtime. Updates are also very fast.

How has it helped my organization?

I'm really happy with the performance and with what it gives us.

What needs improvement?

We use Firebase for media processing and we are growing more. As we grow, the pricing goes up and it's high compared to competitors. The solution is expensive. In the next release, they should focus more on realtime features.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing costs are on a monthly basis.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it a seven and a half out of ten. Not a ten because I haven't explored every facet to it. I am very happy with what I have seen so far.
Joha Oca
Real User
Programador at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
May 22 2018

What do you think of Google Firebase?

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is the documentation.

How has it helped my organization?

Firebase is awesome and easy to use. It is a database without any schema from the client-side. Additionally, it has security rules to control database read/write operations in real-time.

What is most valuable?

Information stored in the cloud and readily available everywhere. The big power of their the data host.

What needs improvement?

Firebase uses JSON, and the storage format is very different to that of SQL. This does not allow for easy migrations.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

How is customer service and technical support?

The support team is responsive and well-informed.

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