Installing SQL Server in Under 5 Minutes
Navigate to the Public Images page in the Google Cloud console (https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/images#os-compute-support)
Here you’ll find all the pre-configured image. Let’s go with SQL Server 2016 Enterprise, because why not?
Once selecting, we’ll click to create the instance and get moved to a fairly painless configuration page.
We’ll create a 4 core machine with 26gb of RAM. We would likely need more in a real production environment, but just in case I forget to shut this VM down, I’d prefer to get charged $1400 instead of $2000. (side note: you actually pay less the longer your instance runs under Google — interesting pricing model)
I click ‘Create’, and literally within 5 seconds, it’s up and running. It’s pretty amazing, actually, to be able to create a VM quicker than you can even react to it.
Let’s RDP in to see our results:
Now I can fidget with the network firewall, run SSIS on Google Cloud, and load data from my Google SQL Server to my Azure SQL Server PaaS instance. And maybe from there into AWS just for fun.
The openness we’re witnessing from Google and Microsoft is impressive. Vendor lock-in is becoming less of an issue from an IaaS standpoint (PaaS is a different story altogether). But just being able to do this puts a smile on my face.
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