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When in beta, Cloud Firestore allowed developers to only use multi-region instances, which were sometimes more expensive and not required by every app. With this launch, Google is giving developers the option to run their databases in a single region.
There is a significant price reduction with as low as 50% of multi-region instance prices. New Cloud Firestore pricing takes effect from March 3, 2019, for most regional instances. Cloud Firestore’s SLA (Service Level Agreement) is also available. 99.999% is available for multi-region instances and 99.99% is available for regional instances.
With Stackdriver integration (in beta), Cloud Firestore users can monitor read, write and delete operations in near-real time with a new “Usage” tab in the Firebase console.
For the next release, Google is working on adding new features including querying for documents across collections and incrementing database values without needing a transaction.
Existing Cloud Datastore users will be live-upgraded to Cloud Firestore automatically later in 2019.
Netizens are generally happy about this release.
📃 Cloud Firestore is GA
🌎 is available in more regions
💵 is getting cheaper for regional instances
There's nothing better than getting a better Firebase. 🔥
— Frank van Puffelen (@puf) January 31, 2019
A comment on hacker news reads, “Been loving Firestore! It has been my first real experience w/ NoSQL in an MVP to production-ready quickly. It’s been SO easy to experiment with and learn. Community has been great.”