Google today announced it has added support for native MySQL connections to its Cloud SQL service. As such, the fully managed MySQL service hosted on Google Cloud Platform is getting a significant expansion with support for the MySQL Wire Protocol.
The protocol will let developers access their replicated, managed, Cloud SQL database from almost any application, regardless of where it’s running. More specifically, Google lists the following top features enabled by the MySQL Wire Protocol:
Low latency connections from applications running on Google Compute Engine and Google App Engine.
Use all your favourite tools such as MySQL Workbench, Toad and the MySQL command-line tool to manage your Cloud SQL instances.
Use standard drivers, such as Connector/J, Connector/ODBC, and Connector/NET, making it exceptionally easy to access Cloud SQL from most applications.
Replication to external MySQL databases for low latency connections and easy migration.