Google LLC today introduced its Database Migration Service, a new serverless offering currently in preview that will make it easier for customers to move their databases to its public cloud.
The tool can import the contents of MySQL deployments running on-premises or on competing clouds such as Amazon Web Services into Google’s Cloud SQL database server. In the future, Google plans to add support for the PostgreSQL and SQL Server databases as well.
Google created the tool because migrating a database from one environment to another can be a tedious task under normal circumstances. Moving a large number of records over the internet requires significant computing power, which means administrators have to spin up servers to process the information. They also have to configure network connections through which the information can flow to the new environment.
All this involves a great deal of manual work and comes with an associated