Google said on Thursday that its new Database Migration Service is available in preview for users to migrate MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQL Server databases to Google’s Cloud SQL platform.
The new service is the tech giant’s response to the quickly accelerating move organizations of all sizes are making to the cloud to deploy and run database workloads.
Yet not all databases are born in the cloud, with many databases still running on premises. Cloud database migration is a big issue for cloud providers including Google, which operates a growing portfolio of cloud database services.
Andi Gutmans, general manager and vice president of engineering and databases at Google Cloud, leads Google’s database cloud efforts. Gutmans joined Google in May 2020, after working at Google cloud rival AWS as vice president of analytics. Gutmans is also well known in the IT industry as the co-founder and CEO of PHP (hypertext preprocessor) vendor Zend, which was acquired by Rogue Wave Software in 2015.
In this Q&A, Gutmans discusses the challenges and opportunities of cloud database migration.
Why are you introducing the Database Migration Service now?
Andi Gutmans: Just as a bit of context, Gartner has estimated that by 2023, 75%