Google Cloud SQL: Bringing Databases to App Engine ISVs
Google has quietly rolled out a free limited preview of Google Cloud SQL, enabling ISVs to develop applications powered by traditional databases on the Google App Engine platform-as-a-service offering. Of course, you probably could have guessed that from the name.
In the official blog entry, Google’s Scott Knaster explained the much-requested Google Cloud SQL brings database management and maintenance, high availability and reliability with data replication across data centers, a “familiar” MySQL database environment with JDBC (for Java applications) and DB-API (for Python) support, powerful administration tools, and full integration with the Google App Engine IaaS platform.
Oh, and there’s an import/export tool already in place, so even during this limited preview, developers can import and use existing databases in the cloud. And while there’s no definitive end date for the test run, Google is pledging to provide pricing at least 30 days before any kind of formal launch.
What I find most interesting is Google’s recent refocusing on the infrastructure side of its cloud play. Google Apps is experiencing an incredible wave of momentum, especially in the SMB and education spaces, but the suite hasn’t gotten a hugely significant upgrade in some time.
Instead, Google is refining Google App Engine while improving its ISV and channel outreach, with the recent Google Cloud Transformation Program as the surest sign yet of the sea change. In other words, with its SaaS play seemingly exactly where the company wants it, barring Google’s trademark incremental upgrades, it’s focusing on the nuts-and-bolts stuff that increases Google App Engine’s appeal to the channel at large.
Needless to say, we’ll keep watching Google closely, so stay tuned.