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Good news, Google Cloud Database users! The GCP team has just announced the arrival of 3 new additions to their solution, including the highly sought-after Cloud SQL for Microsoft server in alpha mode. The introduction of the new database solutions came as part of the selection of announcements that Google made at its Cloud Next event in Japan. Other significant reveals at the event included the delivery of new security and protection tools for the enterprise, the expansion of Elastic Cloud services, and the arrival of new VMWare integrations.
From a cloud database perspective, users will now have the option to choose between the Microsoft option mentioned above, federated queries from a BigQuery environment into Cloud SQL, and expanded elastic cloud solutions in Sydney and Japan. According to Google, this range of updated options will allow today's Google Cloud customers to manage their existing and future workloads more easily in the cloud environment. After all, with three new options to choose from, you'll have plenty of flexibility when integrating open-source partner services with the GCP experience.
Let's look at the 3 additions in closer detail.
Alpha Mode Cloud SQL for Microsoft SQL Server
Just because Google has been in fierce competition with Microsoft for several years, doesn't mean that the brand isn't willing to play nice when it comes to providing users with a multi-cloud environment. The goal of bringing Cloud SQL for Microsoft server into the GCP is to help customers to access the critical features they need on-premise, with the convenience of the cloud. Ultimately, through the Microsoft SQL service solution, businesses will be able to get the same functionality they expect on-premise in the cloud.
Existing users in the Google Cloud ecosystem will have the option to pull their SQL server workloads over to the GCP and run them as part of the database service. According to Google, this option means that you can more easily manage your SQL Server workloads without the stress of jumping between apps. What's more, you'll be able to use the data from your apps with other services in the Google Cloud Platform portfolio, like Google Machine Learning tools and BigQuery.
Federated Queries to Cloud SQL from BigQuery
Another option for companies looking to take their server workloads into the cloud this year and in 2020, is to consider a deeper relationship with BigQuery. Google announced in August that it will be extending the option to make federated queries in BigQuery, to include options like Cloud SQL. If you've been experimenting with federated queries up until now, then you'll know that there is already an option to access non-BigQuery storage systems supported by the Google Cloud. For instance, users can choose between Cloud BigTable, Sheets on G-Suite, and Cloud Storage.
The new and improved ability to integrate with the Cloud SQL environment will give today's companies even more flexibility when combining their services across the Google portfolio. With access to Cloud SQL, users should be able to manage and analyze data more effectively within their network and data stacks.
Elastic Cloud GCP Expansion
Finally, Google also recently confirmed that it will be expanding the availability of Elastic Cloud features in Sydney and Japan. This should make migrating workloads into the cloud less challenging for companies from a range of background. The Elastic Cloud offers SaaS and self-managed options that make data available to use instantly. What's more, this option provides scalability for crucial activities like security, analytics, logging, and more.
Google initially announced its partnership with Elastic in 2017 to bring more functionality into its search and analytics solutions. Now, Google promises that future integrations will continue to emerge within the Google Cloud Platform to make managing workloads simpler and less confusing for business owners. It's safe to say that Google has already been making progress in enhancing its offering, with various new strategic partnerships between open-source software providers.
Collaborations with Confluent, DataStax, MongoDB, InfluxData, and many other companies could mean that we can expect to see these cloud managed services appearing as native GCP services in the months to come. This would allow for a single UI, a more unified support experience, and a better billing cycle.