Google announced the launch of several cloud database services in general availability on Tuesday. After a successful beta period, Cloud SQL, Cloud Bigtable and Cloud Datastore are all generally available.
Google also released in beta its Microsoft SQL Server images with built-in or bring-your-own licenses and a set of storage service upgrades, in another shot at Microsoft’s enterprise cloud market share.
The second generation Cloud SQL was launched to beta in December, promising better performance and scalability. New features added since then include support for MySQL 5.7, point-in-time recovery (PITR), automatic storage resizing, and one click failover replica setup. For more information on new Cloud SQL see this deep dive blog post.
The managed NoSQL Cloud Datastore, which Google says currently serves 15 trillion requests a month, can now be used for applications outside of Google App Engine with a generally available API. For managed NoSQL wide-column database service compatible with Apache HBase clients, Cloud Bigtable has also reached general availability. Google counts Snapchat among Cloud Datastore customers, and Spotify and the software giant formerly known as Sungard use Bigtable.
Maximum read and write IOPS for Persistent Disk volumes have been increased from 15,000 to 25,000 for all customers, for the same price. Customer-supplied encryption keys (CSEK) for Google Cloud Storage have also been made generally available.
Google’s “cold” Cloud Storage Nearline has also had a performance upgrade, dropping the former 3 to 5 second of latency to what a company rep told TechCrunch is “almost real-time,” allowing it to be used with big data tools, like federated queries on Google BigQuery.
Microsoft added transactional replication to Azure SQL DBaaS to a SQL Server 2016 release candidate earlier this year to boost the hybrid database capabilities of its cloud platform.