Google Cloud Platform Announces General Availability of Database Storage Solutions

Google has announced that all of its database storage products are generally available and covered by corresponding service level agreements (SLAs). The availability includes Cloud SQL, Cloud Bigtable and Cloud Datastore. Google is also releasing new performance and security support for Google Compute Engine.

The products were outlined in a Google Cloud Platform blog attributed to Dominic Preuss, lead product manager for Storage and Databases at Google.

Preuss said the availability marked a “major milestone” in Google’s momentum and commitment to making its cloud platform usable by enterprise database workloads

Cloud SQL second generation, the company’s fully-managed database service offering easy-to-use MySQL instances, has completed its beta and is now generally available with additional  enterprise features such as support for MySQL 5.7, point-in-time-recovery (PITR), automatic storage re-sizing and setting up failover replicas with a single click, said Preuss.

Cloud Bigtable Google’s fully-managed NoSQL wide-column database service with Apache HBase client compatibility, is also now generally available. Since beta, Preuss noted, many customers such as Spotify, Energyworx, and FIS (formerly Sungard) have built scalable applications on top of Cloud Bigtable for workloads such as monitoring, financial, and geospatial data analysis.

In addition, Cloud Datastore, Google’s fully-managed NoSQL document database serves 15 trillion requests a month, and its v1 API for applications outside of Google App Engine has reached general availability.  Preuss noted that the Cloud Datastore SLA of 99.95% monthly uptime demonstrates high confidence in the scalability and availability of the cross-region, replicated service for web and mobile workloads, with customers such as Snapchat, Workiva and Khan Academy building web and mobile applications with Cloud Datastore.

For enterprises looking to manage their own databases on Google Compute Engine, Google is also adding improvements, said Preuss. These include making Microsoft SQL Server images available on Google Compute Engine in support of continuity for enterprise customers’ mission-critical applications, increased IOPS for persistent disk volumes to service the needs of the most demanding databases, custom encryption for Google Cloud Storage with the option of using customer-supplied encryption keys, and  low-latency for Google Cloud Storage Nearline storage.