What is Cloud SQL for SQL Server? And What Do IT Departments Say About It?


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Cloud SQL for SQL Server is a managed database service that makes it easy to set up, maintain, manage, and administer your SQL Server databases on Google Cloud Platform. Find out why CTOs say it "dramatically reduces complexity and cost and IT service management overheads."

At Google Cloud, we develop our database services to meet the needs of enterprise teams wherever they are in their cloud journey. That is why we announce launched Cloud SQL for SQL Server and make it available to all of our customers.

This addition to our database lineup means you can migrate your enterprise SQL Server workloads to Google Cloud easily, and take advantage of fully managed services.  

Cloud SQL for SQL Server is a key component when onboarding your existing applications and infrastructure to get the benefits of a fully managed and compatible database that will reduce your operational costs and overhead.

Highlights of Cloud SQL for SQL Server

Cloud SQL for SQL Server brings some key benefits that can help you run workloads easily. 

  • Compatibility: Cloud SQL for SQL Server offers multiple editions of the current version of SQL Server and works with popular clients such as SQL Server Management Studio.
  • Flexible backups: Schedule automatic daily backups or run them on-demand.
  • Scalability: Enable the automatic storage increase configuration and Cloud SQL will add storage capacity whenever you approach your limit. Easily scale up your customized machines’ memory and processor cores as necessary.
  • Built-in high availability: Cloud SQL for SQL Server has built-in high availability enabled for all editions that synchronously replicates data to each zone’s regional persistent disk.

Cloud SQL for SQL Server is currently available regions and will integrate with our existing Cloud SQL functionality, such as connectivity via the Cloud SQL Proxy.   Here’s a look at creating a new instance.


Early adopters of Cloud SQL for SQL Server have been using the service talk about the value for onboarding more workloads.

“Cloud SQL for SQL Server was very easy and fast to get up and going.” says Andrew P. Toi, database engineer lead at advertising management software company WideOrbit Inc. “With built-in high availability that can be used across editions, I can reduce the cost and overhead of managing databases dramatically, especially for smaller workloads” 

And desktop virtualization infrastructure company Itopia had this to say. “Cloud SQL Server dramatically reduces the complexity and cost involved in deploying cloud desktop infrastructure for our customers,” says Ubaldo Don, CTO of Itopia. “It turns a bulky pillar of infrastructure into a one-click service, reducing IT service management overhead.” 

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