Google’s Database Service{6}


by Robert D
Google very recently announced their new database service, Google Cloud SQL. The cool thing about it is, it works entirely on Google’s servers. They provide database management, maintenance, and importing services. The service is only available to certain developers, but once it’s out of beta, they’ll set a price point, and Google will be running another part of our lives (woo hoo!).

Reflection

Database integrity and security is annoying. I’m looking forward to a cloud service–granted it’s cheap. While the listed article doesn’t mention much of the database’s capabilities, it’s got SQL right in the name, so I imagine it’ll be as usable as any other database service. I would like to know more about it before I start shelling out money, though.

As a tie-in with the week’s lecture, the administrator is responsible for relational constraints that make the database competent. From assigning data types, degrees, entity strength, and so on, a database can take something of a 3D shape. This is great, but it’s hard for people who aren’t used to databases to understand. While reading the article, I got the impression that Google has some sort of service to set some of these things for you. They never go into detail about what “fully-managed services” include.

Perez, J.C. “Google Adds Cloud-Based SQL Database to App Engine.” PCWorld. 6 Oct., 2011. http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/241349/google_adds_cloudbased_sql_database_to_app_engine.html