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July 12, 2023

Google Cloud Levels Up Database Services with Cloud SQL Enterprise Plus


Google Cloud just unveiled a new edition of Cloud SQL, its enterprise-ready, fully managed database service for running MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQL Server workloads.

Cloud SQL Enterprise Plus, available for MySQL and PostgreSQL, is a new edition of this service that features three major enhancements to further address individual workload needs across industries.

The first enhancement is accelerated read and write performance with a variety of software optimizations, improved machine types and configurations, and an integrated SSD–backed data cache option, the company said in a blog post. Data cache leverages flash memory as a way to transparently extend caches based on DRAM, lowering read latency, improving throughput and scaling to larger data sets, the post also noted.

Google claims that Cloud SQL Enterprise Plus for MySQL delivers up to 3x higher read throughput and up to 2x improvement in write latency compared to the current Cloud SQL offering. The company also asserts that Cloud SQL Enterprise Plus for PostgreSQL delivers up to 2x improved write throughput.

Another improvement is near-zero downtime for planned maintenance operations with a 99.99% availability SLA, inclusive of maintenance. During planned maintenance, Enterprise Plus instances use rolling updates behind the scenes and additional hardware resources to reduce downtime to less than 10 seconds, the company says.

Finally, Google is addressing the needs of organizations with strict compliance requirements with enhanced data protection capabilities with 35 days of log retention for point-in-time recovery.

(Source: Google Cloud)

Google says the existing version of Cloud SQL will continue with no changes to features or pricing but will now be known as the Cloud SQL Enterprise edition.

One customer who is already using the new edition is the partner marketing platform Everflow Technologies. The company’s CTO and Co-founder, Jonathan Blais, said his company is delighted to join forces with Google Cloud in launching the Cloud SQL Enterprise Plus edition for MySQL.

“This new edition has enabled us to immediately reap the benefits of enhanced performance, availability, and data protection without making any modifications to our application. In particular, we have observed more than 3x improvement in query performance for clients who run intensive reports on our platform after incorporating the Data Cache. We look forward to partnering with Google Cloud and Cloud SQL on future innovations,” he said in a statement.

Another user of this new edition is enterprise management cloud Workday: “At Workday, it’s important to be able to offer great user experience to our customers and as we moved to the public cloud, it was clear that we needed a high-performance database to support our requirements,” said Chirag Andani, VP, persistence and lifecycle engineering at Workday. “We worked closely with the Google Cloud team to invest in Cloud SQL improvements and with the launch of the Cloud SQL Enterprise Plus edition, we now have options for high performance and availability for our most demanding Workday workloads, leveraging the higher read and write performance, higher availability, and minimal planned downtime.”

Google says the Cloud SQL Enterprise Plus edition is now available in select Google Cloud regions via gcloud and API and will be available in the cloud console by July 17, 2023. The Cloud SQL Enterprise Plus edition for SQL Server will follow later.

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