Google Cloud SQL--a MySQL database that lives in Google's cloud--now added new features to help users meet the demand for faster access to more data. "With today's updates, you can now work with bigger, faster MySQL databases in the cloud," Google stated.
In addition, Google also opened Cloud SQL in trial mode with introducing a 6- month trial offer at no charge, effective until June 1, 2013. "This will include one Cloud SQL instance with 0.5 GB of storage," informs Google.
Here is what the Cloud SQL offering today:
- "More Storage Google increased the storage on Cloud SQL to 100GB - "ten times more than what was offered earlier."
- Faster Reads: increased maximum size of instances to 16GB RAM, a 4 times increase in the amount of data you can cache.
- Faster Writes: added functionality for optional asynchronous replication, which gives the write performance of a non-replicated database, but the availability of a replicated one.
- EU datacenter availability: Now choose to store your data and run your Cloud SQL database instance in either our US or EU data centers.
- Integration with Google Apps Script: Now, businesses using Google Apps to use Cloud SQL can quickly and easily publish and share data with Google Sheets, add data to Google Sites pages or create simple Google Forms without worrying about hosting or configuring servers," informs Google.
Sign up for trial to get started on Cloud SQL at no cost.
Google Apps Vault, is now available for Google Apps for Government customers as of November 9.
"Federal, state and local agencies in the United States can now purchase Vault to help meet their compliance needs."
Google notes, that Vault, which is built on the same infrastructure as Google Apps -- recently completed an SSAE 16 / ISAE 3402 Type II SOC 2 audit.
For those new, "Google Apps Vault helps protect organizations of all sizes from legal and compliance risks through advanced message archiving, retention and eDiscovery capabilities. It provides the ability to quickly search, identify, preserve and export information in response to litigation, investigation, compliance audits, or Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Vault helps organizations cull through their data and find messages relevant to such requests, reducing the associated time, effort, and costs.
Google Apps Vault can also be used to address knowledge management needs. It enables authorized users to search, manage, and review data."
For more information, visit Google Apps for Government page.