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Google Cloud Pub/Sub vs PubNub: What are the differences?

Developers describe Google Cloud Pub/Sub as "Global service for real-time and reliable messaging and streaming data". Cloud Pub/Sub is a fully-managed real-time messaging service that allows you to send and receive messages between independent applications. You can leverage Cloud Pub/Sub’s flexibility to decouple systems and components hosted on Google Cloud Platform or elsewhere on the Internet. On the other hand, PubNub is detailed as "Build real-time apps quickly and scale them globally". PubNub makes it easy for you to add real-time capabilities to your apps, without worrying about the infrastructure. Build apps that allow your users to engage in real-time across mobile, browser, desktop and server.

Google Cloud Pub/Sub and PubNub belong to "Realtime Backend / API" category of the tech stack.

According to the StackShare community, Google Cloud Pub/Sub has a broader approval, being mentioned in 75 company stacks & 17 developers stacks; compared to PubNub, which is listed in 43 company stacks and 12 developer stacks.

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I am building an IoT application that will utilize connected air quality sensors to provide real-time indoor air quality in offices. I want to be able to share this data with a few different databases, etc.

Wondering if anyone has any advice on which real-time streaming API would be best for this sort of application, or even how I should think about it?

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Ben Gamble
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For IoT, we support MQTT along with websockets and SSE. The pattern you're suggesting that involves harvesting data from devices and soaking into a database is easy to achieve with one of the Ably integrations (Serverless functions/webhook) . Here are some tutorials to do things like this: https://ably.com/tutorials/reactor-event-zapier#step2-mqtt-ably

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We use Pusher at www.justlearn.com. It works fine. When you reach more users, Pusher gets expensive. We use Pusher for live chat between users. Their software is easy to use. We have had issues with auth on Pusher.

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Pros of Google Cloud Pub/Sub
Pros of PubNub
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    Easy to set-up and start with
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    Https://github.com/googleapis/nodejs-pubsub
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    FYI it has a github repo. please add it
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    A great choice for microservice architecture
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    Efficient and practical for complex systems
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    Massively scalable & easy to use
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    Easy setup
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    Reliable
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    Great support
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    Flexible to integrate to custom applications
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    High-Performance
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    Sockets at Scale
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    99.999% availability guarantees
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    High-Reliability
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    Multiplexing
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    Scalability
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    70+ SDKs
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    High-Availability
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    Security
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    Azure Add-on
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    Heroku Add-on
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    Easy to setup
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    Flexible
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    Presence
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    Analytics
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    Free Plan
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    Server-Side Cache
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    PhoneGap Plugin
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    AngularJS Adapter
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    Data Sync
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    Data Streams
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    Support
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    Easy setup and very reliable
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    High cost, going up more in Summer '15
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    Cool
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    Angular 2+ integration
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    Documentation, easy to use, great people/service
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    CTO stephen also is A++++++
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    Real time and easy to use.
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    Easy integration with iOS apps

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Cons of Google Cloud Pub/Sub
Cons of PubNub
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    Need integration with stackdriver for monitoring
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    Costly

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What is Google Cloud Pub/Sub?

Cloud Pub/Sub is a fully-managed real-time messaging service that allows you to send and receive messages between independent applications. You can leverage Cloud Pub/Sub’s flexibility to decouple systems and components hosted on Google Cloud Platform or elsewhere on the Internet.

What is PubNub?

PubNub makes it easy for you to add real-time capabilities to your apps, without worrying about the infrastructure. Build apps that allow your users to engage in real-time across mobile, browser, desktop and server.

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Kafka
Kafka is a distributed, partitioned, replicated commit log service. It provides the functionality of a messaging system, but with a unique design.
RabbitMQ
RabbitMQ gives your applications a common platform to send and receive messages, and your messages a safe place to live until received.
Firebase
Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.
Socket.IO
It enables real-time bidirectional event-based communication. It works on every platform, browser or device, focusing equally on reliability and speed.
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