Google allows bigger, faster Cloud SQL databases

The company has updated its Cloud SQL service, increasing the maximum size of databases tenfold and the maximum size of instances fourfold. Users can also now choose whether they want their database stored in a US or EU datacentre.

Google has updated its Cloud SQL database to allow more storage, as well as faster reads and writes.

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The revamp of the cloud-based MySQL service, which also introduces the ability to choose between US or EU datacentres, was announced on Thursday in a blog post by product manager Joe Faith. Google Cloud SQL was launched last year, and became a paid service this June.

The biggest change in the update is probably that of the available storage — previously limited to 10GB, databases using the service can now go up to 100GB. The maximum size of instances has been increased fourfold to 16GB RAM, allowing for faster reads.

On the write side, Faith said: "We're adding functionality for optional asynchronous replication, which gives the write performance of a non-replicated database, but the availability of a replicated one."

In addition, customers can now choose whether to run a Cloud SQL database in a US or EU datacentre. This would be useful for European enterprises nervous of breaking data protection rules by storing personal data outside the union.

The final update is for companies that use Google Apps. These can now use Cloud SQL in conjunction with the collaboration suite to "publish and share data with Google Sheets, add data to Google Sites pages or create simple Google Forms without worrying about hosting or configuring servers", Faith wrote.

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