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Virtually every enterprise in any industry has power-critical workloads and applications to consider in these days. That's one of the reasons why it's so important to have the right cloud computing strategy in place to support your workloads. Google is currently in the process of updating and enhancing its cloud platform to make it easier for businesses of all sizes and backgrounds to manage these unique databases. The goal of the platform is to provide organizations with the capabilities that they need to run all of their workloads, both now and in the future, within the GCP.
Google has always been committed to offering a variety of highly available, reliable, and secure database services to customers. However, lately, the team has been working harder than ever to integrate open-source partner solutions into the Google Platform too. This will make it easier for companies to access complete freedom of choice when deciding how to manage their data. Recently, at the end of July to the beginning of August, Google announced several exciting announcements to its database portfolio, including:
- Federated queries from BigQuery to SQL
- Cloud SQL for the Microsoft SQL Server in Alpha
- GCP Elastic cloud now available in Japan and soon to appear in Sydney
Opening the Window to the Cloud with SQL Options
When you're moving your workloads into the cloud, you want something as simple and straightforward as possible to take you from A to B. The aim of the Google Cloud Platform is to make it easier for you to transfer everything you use on-premise into the cloud without reinventing the wheel. The Cloud SQL solution for Microsoft SQL server that they recently announced in alpha will allow you to bring existing workloads into the GCP and run them in your fully managed database.
Google has already received some fantastic feedback from early-access customers that are using this new SQL server solution. Going forward, enterprises using this option will be able to experience a uniquely managed server with plenty of added benefits like backup capability and high availability. You can even lift your entire SQL workloads without having to change apps and use the information from those apps with your other services on the GCP, like AI tools or BigQuery.
Google also announced the arrival of expanded federated queries recently in the Google Cloud Platform. This will allow businesses to put more of their data to work, and therefore get deeper insights into their business operations. Currently, the GCP supports queries for non-BigQuery storage systems, and the GCP recently extended this capability to include Cloud SQL solutions too. This is one of the continuing efforts that BigQuery is making towards integrating services across a range of products to provide a more seamless customer experience from end-to-end.
GCP Expands into New Environments
In a world where migrating to the cloud is becoming a business essential - but it's also a very complicated process, Google wants to make it as easy as possible for customers to simplify their migrations. Services like the Cloud Spanner and Cloud SQL solutions are designed to make it easier for businesses to move into the cloud. As open-source solutions, they're in line with the Google opinion that open is best when it comes to the public cloud.
At the end of July 2019, Google announced the release of the expanded availability for Elastic Storage within the Japan region in the Google Cloud. There's also Sydney regional availability on the way too. The Elastic option allows companies to build self-managed as well as SaaS offerings that make data more accessible in real-time, for a range of use cases like security, logging, and analytics.
Extended integrations are on the horizon, so you'll soon be able to use your GCP commits within the Elastic cloud, and only get a single bill from the Cloud team.
According to Google, the group has already heard from customers in Japan that they've been able to achieve a higher level of scalability and flexibility through the GCP databases that are available to them today. Additionally, Japanese customers are also benefiting from reduced operational overheads and strong consistency throughout. Google will be continuing to release new insights and updates into their GCP databases in the months ahead.
Users interested in learning more can check out case studies for the database upgrades on the Google website.