Google Cloud SQL Reviews

Google Cloud SQL is the #2 ranked solution of our top Database as a Service tools. It's rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to SQL Azure - Google Cloud SQL vs SQL Azure

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ArshSharma
Real User
Director at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Dec 18 2019

What is most valuable?

Its most valuable feature is that it's scalable. I can start off with a base of a lot of data and move as much as I want and it's the same as if asked to do a lot of infrastructure changes. I can… more »

How has it helped my organization?

This version of Cloud SQL becomes a part of our larger data warehouse, which is just a part that the SQL manages. I work on the visualization part. So I usually already have all my data coming into my… more »

What needs improvement?

The only room for improvement here is that they need to connect to more existing data sources so that it becomes easier for a layman to get a more realistic understanding of what's happening. They… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The advice I would give before starting up is to have a small interactive introductory session with some domain experts because even though it looks quite similar to MySQL and all the other SQL… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I previously used a different solution for our marketing database, but it was very limited in scope. Moving forward, Google Cloud SQL is the only data warehouse I will ever use.

What other advice do I have?

We have 11 - 12 people working with it - all marketing people. On a scale from 1 to 10, 1 is the lowest and 10 the highest, I'd give it an 8.
Hendrik De Schinkel
Real User
Cloud Data Engineer at Programmads
Aug 05 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are that it's easy to use, simple, and user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

Better integration with other tools could improve this solution. For example, data analytics is very important, so that's why I go to BigQuery. They should make things more user-friendly, not… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's really cheap. It wouldn't be more than, I believe it's around 50 euro per month for running a cloud SQL. There aren't any additional costs that I'm aware of.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have previously worked with Microsoft and Amazon AWS. I switched because I just like Google. I think it's a great platform. The two main competitors are Microsoft and Amazon Web Services. Out of… more »

What other advice do I have?

Go for this solution because it gets the job done and it's cheap. You're up and running fast. That's what you want. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten. Not a perfect ten because nothing is… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I used Microsoft and Amazon and I also looked at Oracle, which is also an extraordinary company. When it comes to databases Oracle is very good. The problem with Oracle is that they're a bit of a… more »
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Muhammad El-Sergani
Real User
Commercial and Operations Director at SygmaTel, BlaBla Connect, KnowMe Solutions
Dec 13 2018

What is most valuable?

It's all built into the web browser, so any operating system will work. It's easy to manage. They help me take care of the replication data backups and software upgrades, updates and so on. They take… more »

What needs improvement?

In my opinion the most vulnerable problem with Google SQL is each SQL node is provided with a public IP address. They provide you the option or ability to customize your access control list, but at… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is very much an important factor as to why we use this solution.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

When we were using the Rackspace, we only used Rackspace virtual machines, for our virtual machine requirements, as well as our own SQL requirements. So, we had virtual machines, hosting SQL… more »

What other advice do I have?

I need to make sure that my data is stored securely, transported securely and accessed securely. And the second thing is the number of options I have. Google Cloud SQL gives us more options. My… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When considering other options, we considered AWS, Google Cloud, Ocean and Rackspace UK.
Muhammad El-Sergani
Real User
Commercial and Operations Director at SygmaTel, BlaBla Connect, KnowMe Solutions
Dec 30 2019

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.

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 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… more »

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.

What is Google Cloud SQL?

Google Cloud SQL is a fully-managed database service that makes it easy to set up, maintain, manage, and administer your relational PostgreSQL and MySQL databases in the cloud. Google Cloud SQL offers high performance, scalability, and convenience. Hosted on Google Cloud Platform, Cloud SQL provides a database infrastructure for applications running anywhere.
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