Google Cloud SQL Review

Easy to manage and has the ability to oversee the statistics of your SQL

What is our primary use case?

GCP hosts our entire infrastructure, both internally used systems, and externally-facing ones. Back to back this means that Google Cloud SQL is used for all SQL related requirements by our systems.

How has it helped my organization?

The main benefit to our organization is the fact that we no longer need DB admins that take care of the physical servers, backups etc... All this is managed by GCP.

What is most valuable?

In terms of most valuable features - its ease of management and the ability to oversee the statistics of your SQL, and obviously its availability all the time.

What needs improvement?

In my humble opinion, nothing can be improved. It's a good solution as it is.

What could be refined however is the ability to have more than just one secondary/replication site. At the moment you can have a primary DB and a replica one, but having the option to add a third or fourth replication site would be fantastic.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using it for around 2 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Google Cloud SQL is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is highly scalable. You can quickly add the disc space and you can quickly add different discs and nodes.

Everyone in our company is using Google. Emails are Google. Everyone's using Google. All infrastructure for our operation is on Google. The more business we have the higher the usage.

How are customer service and technical support?

Google's technical support is good, but they tend to never reopen a case and to send us snippets from the publicly available documentation. It's not as helpful as you would expect, not just for Google Cloud SQL but for all of Google Cloud products.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was quite simple. It took maybe 10, 20 minutes

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of 10, I'd give it a 10. 

I would recommend everyone to check all of Google's Cloud portfolio and give it a shot.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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