New GCP database options to power your enterprise workloads

Databases power critical applications and workloads for enterprises across every industry, and we want to make it easier for businesses to use and manage those databases. Our goal is to provide you the capabilities to run any workload, existing and future, on Google Cloud. That’s why we offer secure, reliable and highly available database services, and have been working to deeply integrate open-source partner services running on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to give you the freedom of choice when it comes to how to manage your data.

Today, we’re announcing a number of enhancements to our database portfolio:

  • Cloud SQL for Microsoft SQL Server in alpha 
  • Federated queries from BigQuery to Cloud SQL
  • Elastic Cloud on GCP now available in Japan and coming soon to Sydney 

Open the window to the cloud with Cloud SQL for Microsoft SQL Server 
When you move to the cloud, you shouldn’t have to reinvent the wheel. Our goal at GCP is to make it easy for everything you use on-premises to work as expected once you move to the cloud. Cloud SQL for Microsoft SQL Server (currently in alpha) lets you bring existing SQL Server workloads to GCP and run them in a fully managed database service. 

We’ve heard great feedback from our early access customers using Cloud SQL for SQL Server. For enterprises, this option means they can now experience fully managed SQL Server with built-in high availability and backup capability. You can lift and shift SQL Server workloads without changing apps, then use the data from these apps with other GCP services like BigQuery and AI tools to create more intelligent applications.

Federated queries from BigQuery to Cloud SQL
Data can only create value for your business when you put it to work, and businesses need secure and easy-to-use methods to explore and manage data that is stored in multiple locations. To help, we’re continuing to expand federated queries to more GCP products so you can bring analysis to data, wherever it is and right within BigQuery. We currently support querying non-BigQuery native storage systems like Cloud Storage, Cloud Bigtable and Sheets, and today we’re extending the federated query capability to include Cloud SQL. This is just part of our continuing efforts to integrate our services across products to provide a seamless customer experience and build strong ecosystems around our products.   

Elastic Cloud on GCP available in Japan; Sydney coming soon
Migrating to the cloud can be challenging. That’s something we keep in mind as we develop our database products and integrate them with the rest of GCP. We do this with GCP-built services like Cloud SQL and Cloud Spanner, as well as through deeply integrated partner services running on GCP. These open source-centric strategic partners are in line with our belief that open source is a critical component of the public cloud. 

We’re pleased to announce the expanded availability of Elastic Cloud in Google Cloud’s Japan region, with Sydney region availability coming soon. As the creators of the Elastic Stack, built on Elasticsearch, Elastic builds self-managed and SaaS offerings that make data usable in real time and at scale for search use cases, like logging, security, and analytics. With more integration to come, you will soon be able to use your GCP commits toward Elastic Cloud, with a single bill from Google Cloud. 

How customers are using GCP databases
We’ve heard from customers here in Japan that they’ve found new flexibility and scale with GCP databases, along with strong consistency and less operational overhead.   

Merpay is a provider of secure online payment technology. Merpay’s Mercari platform has about 13 million monthly active users and depends on the performance and scalability of GCP database technology to run smoothly. “We adopted Cloud Spanner with little experience in order to store the data of a new smartphone payment service, to keep consistent with our culture of ‘Go Bold,’ where we encourage employees to take on challenges,”says Keisuke Sogawa, CTO of Merpay, Inc. “Additionally, adopting a microservices architecture based on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) made it possible for teams to freely and quickly develop services and maintain their service levels even as the organization grew larger. As a result, we released the Merpay service within a short span of 15 months, and today our provision of the service remains reliable for our customers.”

Learn more about GCP databases, and get details about Forrester naming Google Cloud a Leader in The Forrester Wave Database-as-a-Service and The Forrester Wave Big Data NoSQL.

Check out these Tokyo Cloud Next ’19 sessions for more about GCP databases:

Bringing hybrid and multi-cloud to our APAC customers with Anthos

At Google Cloud Next ‘19 in April, we announced Anthos, Google Cloud’s new open platform that lets you run applications anywhere—simply, flexibly and securely. Embracing open standards, Anthos lets you run your applications unmodified on existing on-prem hardware investments or in the public cloud. Anthos also includes capabilities to help you automate policy and security at scale across your deployments using Anthos Config Management. Anthos accelerates application development by giving teams only one set of modern tools to learn, equips your business with transformational technologies like containers, service mesh and microservices, and prevents you from being locked in to a single cloud provider. 

To support these transformations, customers frequently tell us they need to be able to modernize. Having the power to modernize your workloads in place from existing on-prem data centers or with a move to the cloud is key to Google meeting you where you are. To continue supporting that flexibility, today, we are happy to report the beta availability of Migrate for Anthos, which allows you to take VMs from on-prem or Google Compute Engine and move them directly into containers running in Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). We’re also expanding the list of supported sources so that you can migrate VMs directly from Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure into containers in GKE. 

With this launch, customers can now use Migrate for Anthos to automatically modernize their VMs and move them to containers without any of the complex, manual processes of traditional container modernization strategies. Our new approach gives you more flexibility to modernize your existing infrastructure investments with ease, even for VMs you’d previously written off as not being able to modernize. By making the move to containers in GKE you gain a wealth of benefits and automation, like no longer having to manually maintain and patch your OS, as one example. 

Atos, a systems integrator with a large presence in Japan, has been using Migrate for Anthos to accelerate its hybrid cloud journey. “Containers are already a part of our cloud landscape, giving us a powerful way to manage and maintain our systems as well as customer environments. At the same time, we have a lot of VMs in production and we are always looking for optimized ways of migrating these over to hybrid cloud delivery models,” said Michael Kollar, SVP for Cloud Engineering at Atos. “Migrate for Anthos gives us an additional fantastic tool in transformational projects and it will further accelerate our cloud success.” 

Anthos Adoption in Asia Pacific

Gartner predicts that by 2021, more than 75% of midsize and large organizations will have adopted a multi-cloud and/or hybrid IT strategy1. Organizations are taking this approach to prevent vendor lock-in and benefit from better server density, reduced management overhead, and improved management through integration with services like Stackdriver for logging, monitoring, and debugging. 

NTT Communications is one of the world’s largest telecommunications providers, and has been one of the earliest adopters of Anthos in Asia Pacific. 

“NTT Communications Corporation was one of the early customers of Anthos in Japan when it was announced in April this year. Since then, we have embarked on an interesting proof of concept (POC) with medical institutions and system integrators to analyze clinical data to see if we can improve the quality of rehabilitation programs offered to patients. Using GKE On-Prem which is part of the Anthos platform, we securely store clinical data on our Enterprise Cloud which comprises physically distributed servers connected through a closed and secure network, and access smart analysis tools to process the data,” said Akiko Kudo, Senior Vice President, Head of Fifth Sales Division.

We’re thrilled to work with our customers in Asia Pacific to help them bring their environments into the digital future. Modernizing your IT environment is a dynamic journey and will likely involve multiple strategies. Technologies like our Anthos platforms are here to help simplify that path. For more information on migrating and modernizing with Google Cloud, be sure to visit our Anthos, and Migrate for Anthos pages. Sign up here if you are interested in trying out Anthos.

1. Smarter With Gartner, 5 Approaches to Cloud Applications Integration, May 14, 2019