Google CLOUD is here

Google has announced that Google Cloud SQL is now Generally Available. What have we found? It appears to be a rival to the Amazon (AWS) cloud. Thumbs up to Google.

Google Cloud SQL is a fully managed MySQL service hosted on Google Cloud Platform, providing a database backbone for applications running on Google App Engine or Google Compute Engine. Cloud SQL is now Generally Available and features encryption of customer data, a 99.95% uptime SLA, and support for databases up to 500GB in size.

Here is what they are saying is available:

  • Subhour billing charges for instances in one-minute increments with a 10-minute minimum, so you don’t pay for compute minutes that you don’t use.
  • Shared-core instances provide smaller instance shapes for low-intensity workloads.
  • Advanced routing features to help create gateways and VPN servers that let you build applications that span your local network and Google’s cloud.
  • Large persistent disks that support as many as 10 terabytes per volume, which translates to 10 times the industry standard.

Most impressive, Google is providing HIPAA compliant hosting.  This has been a major difficulty for many hosts, because essentially HIPAA data is medical records, and they must be maintained with the highest security, and that type of security can incur some hefty fees.

Google Cloud Platform provides support for HIPAA Covered Entities

To serve developers who want to build healthcare-related applications that comply with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, google is announcing support for Business Associates Agreements.