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Google expands Cloud SQL offering with increased storage and speed

09 Nov 2012
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Google has unveiled expansions to its Cloud SQL offering - a hosted MySQL database – to increase storage to 100GB and bump up RAM to 16GB, with users being offered a six-month free trial.

The enhancements represent a 10-fold increase in available storage and a four-fold boost to the amount of data that can be cached, revealed in a company blog by Joe Faith, a product manager at Google.

“With today’s updates, you can now work with bigger, faster MySQL databases in the cloud,” he wrote.

Google is also offering would-be customers the chance to specify whether their database ran from US or European-based servers, to help customers comply with EC data protection laws.

Other features include optional asynchronous replication, which Google claimed will give users the write performance of a non-replicated database, but the availability of a replicated one.

Google has also added integration with its Apps Script making it easier for firms using Google Apps to use Cloud SQL.

The move comes as Google looks to extend its reach in the enterprise. It has seen the likes of Amazon make hay in the cloud market, with firms flocking to the retailer's Web Services offerings.

Recently, Google's head of enterprise in the UK, Thomas Davies, told V3 that it sees the enterprise market as core to its future growth potential, citing big data and collaboration as key area it is focusing on.

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