Sizzling SQL databases

First look: Google Cloud SQL takes on Amazon Aurora

Google’s second-generation SQL database as a service exits beta with dramatic improvements in performance and storage capacity

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  • Google Cloud SQL Second Generation

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    Google Cloud SQL is a high-performance managed cloud MySQL 5.7 database service.

Editor’s note: This article has been revised from the original version. In the original, we drew conclusions about the performance of Amazon Aurora based on benchmark tests conducted by Google. In the interest of fairness, we have removed those references and will conduct our own performance comparisons, the results of which will be published on the InfoWorld site.

Google’s first attempt at MySQL as a service, Cloud SQL, launched in 2011, was somewhat of a disappointment from the standpoint of performance and scalability. Cloud SQL Second Generation, which was released on Aug. 16 of this year, has no such problems. 

In essence, Cloud SQL Second Generation is an implementation of MySQL 5.7 on top of Google’s Compute Engine and Persistent Disk. According to Google, Cloud SQL Second Generation runs seven times faster and has 20 times more storage capacity than its predecessor -- with lower costs, higher scalability, automated backups that can restore your database from any point in time, and 99.95 percent availability, anywhere in the world.

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