Not every day you read a headline with Google. and Microsoft. Google today announces that its Cloud SQL managed database service will soon be compatible with Microsoft SQL Server. The company showed an advance in its Google Cloud Next conference.
The message is clear: if your company uses the Microsoft SQL Server database, you do not have to use Microsoft Azure. Your database will work only in the Google SQL cloud.
Google already supported Microsoft SQL Server in traditional virtual machines, so you had to manage it yourself. Cloud SQL will be able to do it. No backup, no manual replication, no patch, etc.
Many business clients still rely heavily on a traditional local server infrastructure. Google is trying to eliminate all the obstacles you may encounter when moving to the cloud.
In other Cloud SQL news, customers using PostgreSQL can now use version 11 or PostgreSQL. Amazon RDS also supports version 11.
Finally, Google's managed NoSQL database service, Cloud Bigtable, now supports the replication of multiple regions. That feature was already available in beta. Now you can safely read and write your NoSQL data from several regions at the same time.