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Cloud technology has come a long way in the past few years with three players coming at it vigorously. Thanks to this, many organisations are adopting open source tools, operating systems and technologies, with a good pool of provider choices based on their preferences and needs.

However, when it comes to using Microsoft tools, operating systems and software, the choices are less appealing. Microsoft Azure is the obvious choice since it’s Microsoft’s own cloud platform and this would have aided you along the way.

That is not to say that you couldn’t make use of Microsoft technologies on a different cloud provider. You were still able to manage the software on top of a virtual machine stack, but this approach didn’t solve any problems. It was just moving an issue from one place to another. Microsoft Azure was still the best choice in terms of managed service offerings for their products.

Unlocking the power of GCP

This was the previous landscape. With Google’s recent announcements, organisations now have an option if they are keen on running with Microsoft technology but would still like to take advantage of Google Cloud’s powerful tools, like BigQuery, or if they simply want an alternative to Azure.

The first announcement is Cloud SQL. Google has been running Postgres and MySQL as a managed service for a while, but it has now launched Microsoft SQL as a managed service for general availability. This is great news and is bundled with some great features, including:

  • Comprehensive size options
  • Built-in High Availability
  • Disk Performance up to 20000 IOPS
  • Automatic storage increases
  • Fully encrypted on Google's internal networks and in database tables, temporary files, and backups
  • Different versions:
    • SQL Server 2017 Standard (default)
    • SQL Server 2017 Enterprise
    • SQL Server 2017 Express
    • SQL Server 2017 Web

The second exciting announcement is Google’s managed Active Directory. With this, you can finally stop worrying about the various domain controllers that are inevitably running around your environment and opt-in for a managed offering. As with Cloud SQL, there are some very interesting features:

  • Highly available architecture
  • Hardened deployment
  • Multi-region capabilities
  • Integration with Google Cloud DNS
  • Automatic patching
  • Flexible options for connection to on-premise environments
  • Can be joined to existing AD environments

Both of these announcements show Google's commitment to hybrid ecosystems and its eagerness to play in the Enterprise space. I’m looking forward to working with organisations running Microsoft SQL environments that are Active Directory-integrated and feed data into a Google Big Query data environment.

If you’d like to learn more about these announcements and the potential they have for your organisation, get in touch! Our enthusiastic experts are waiting to hear from you.

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