SQL Server Enterprise Edition images on Google Compute Engine

You can now launch Compute Engine VMs with SQL Server Enterprise Edition pre-installed, and pay by minute for SQL Server Enterprise and Windows Server licenses.

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Today, pre-configured images for Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise and Windows Server Core on Google Compute Engine is announced. Also, as part of this release, support for SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups, and persistent disk snapshots integrated with Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) on Windows Server are introduced.

Finally, all Windows Server images are now enabled with Windows Remote Management support, including Windows Server Core 2016 and 2012 R2 images, said Google.

With this availability, "customers can now launch GCE VMs with Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise Edition pre-installed," and "pay by the minute for SQL Server Enterprise and Windows Server licenses," says GCE team.

Additionally, customers can also bring their own licenses for SQL Server Enterprise.

Google notes, SQL Server Enterprise targets mission-critical workloads by supporting more cores, higher memory and important enterprise features, including:

  • In-memory tables and indexes
  • Row-level security and encryption for data at rest or in motion
  • Multiple read-only replicas for integrated HA/DR and read scale-out
  • Business intelligence and rich visualizations on all platforms, including mobile
  • In-database advanced analytics with R
Supported SQL Server images on Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine: Supported SQL Server images.

Following pre-configured images in Beta are currently supported: "SQL Server Enterprise 2016, SQL Server Enterprise 2014, and SQL Server Enterprise 2012," writes GCE team.

SQL Server reference architecture using Windows Server Failover Clustering and SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups

SQL Server reference architecture using Windows Server Failover Clustering and SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups