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The business value of Cloud SQL: how companies speed up deployments, lower costs and boost agility

If you’re self-managing relational databases such as MySQL, PostgreSQL or SQL Server, you may be thinking about the pros and cons of cloud-based database services. Regardless of whether you’re running your databases on premises or in the cloud, self-managed databases can be inefficient and expensive, requiring significant effort around patching, hardware maintenance, backups, and tuning. Are managed database services a better option?

To answer this question, Google Cloud sponsored a business value white paper by IDC, based on the real-life experiences of eight Cloud SQL customers. Cloud SQL is an easy-to-use, fully-managed database service for running MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQL Server workloads. More than 90% of the top 100 Google Cloud customers use Cloud SQL.

The study found that migration to Cloud SQL unlocked significant efficiencies and cost reductions for these customers. Let’s take a look at the key benefits in this infographic.

Infographic: IDC business value study highlights the business benefits of migrating to Cloud SQL

A deeper dive into Cloud SQL benefits

To read the full IDC white paper, you can download it here: The Business Value of Cloud SQL: Google Cloud’s Relational Database Service for MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQL Server, by Carl W. Olofson, Research Vice President, Data Management Software, IDC and Matthew Marden, Research Vice President, Business Value Strategy Practice, IDC.

Looking for commentary from IDC? Listen to the on-demand webinar, How Enterprises Have Achieved Greater Efficiency and Improved Business Performance using Google Cloud SQL, where Carl Olofson discusses the downsides of self-managed databases and the benefits of managed services like Cloud SQL, including the cost savings and improved business performance realized by the customers interviewed in the study.

Getting started

You can use our Database Migration Service for an easy, secure migration to Cloud SQL. Since Cloud SQL supports the same database versions, extensions and configuration flags as your existing MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQL Server instances, a simple lift-and-shift migration is usually all you need. So let Google Cloud take routine database administration tasks off your hands, and enjoy the scalability, reliability and openness that the cloud has to offer.

Start your journey with a Cloud SQL free trial.

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