SkySQL on Google Cloud Platform

The ultimate MariaDB cloud

SkySQL is the first and only database-as-a-service (DBaaS) to bring the full power of MariaDB Platform to the cloud, combining powerful enterprise features and world-class support with unrivaled ease of use and groundbreaking innovation. Built for mission-critical applications and enterprise governance, SkySQL augments automation with the human expertise and experience needed to support and manage mission-critical deployments in the cloud – whether it’s a single development database or thousands of production databases.

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Transactions, analytics or both

SkySQL can deploy databases or data warehouses optimized for fast transactions, interactive analytics or smart transactions, standard transactions enriched with real-time analytical queries.


Deploy databases optimized for fast transaction processing using high-performance block storage (persistent SSDs) and multiple read replicas.


Deploy MariaDB Platform as a data warehouse optimized for scalable, interactive analytics using a columnar format and cloud object storage.


Deploy MariaDB Platform as a hybrid database optimized for smart transactions using block and object storage for row and columnar data.


SkySQL was built to exceed the high standards of MariaDB, and to meet both the technical and the business needs of enterprises running in the cloud – something database services such as Amazon RDS continue to fall short of.


SkySQL makes it easy for everyone to run production databases in the cloud, and is the only DBaaS with the improved reliability, stability and security of MariaDB Enterprise Server.

From the source

SkySQL customers get the same world-class support and peace of mind as enterprises running on premises, including technical support and/or full database administration by a SkyDBA.

Always up to date

SkySQL always allows customers to run on the latest stable version and maintenance release so they never run into missing features or old bugs and vulnerabilities long since resolved.

Best of both worlds

SkySQL was built by the MariaDB experts, MariaDB. Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) was built by the Kubernetes experts, Google. It’s no surprise we partnered with Google to launch SkySQL on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The result is the first and only DBaaS running MariaDB Platform, built on Kubernetes and optimized with a cloud-native storage architecture – and the best open source relational database on Google Cloud.

State of the art

SkySQL takes full advantage of the infrastructure and services provided by GCP to provide customers with the best security, high availability and performance available in the cloud, leveraging the Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) for orchestration, Persistent Disks for durability and Google Cloud Storage (GCS) for recovery and analytics.

  • Google Kubernetes Engine
    Google Kubernetes Engine

    SkySQL databases are deployed to GKE regional clusters via an advanced Kubernetes operator, providing enterprise customers with maximum security and high availability.

  • Google Persistent Disks
    Google Persistent Disks

    SkySQL transactional databases use SSD persistent disks for maximum performance and durability, enabling the SkySQL operator to automatically recover failed instances.

  • Google Cloud Storage
    Google Cloud Storage

    SkySQL analytical databases use parallel processing to query data stored in a columnar format on GCS, lowering the storage costs of large data warehouses in the cloud.


SkySQL has the self-service features and automation you expect from a DBaaS, from deploying a replicated databases across multiple zones with the click of a button and real-time monitoring powered by Prometheus and Grafana. However, SkySQL goes even further with features like columnar tables, self-repair and transparent query routing.

Transactions and/or analytics

Deploy a database for fast transactions, a data warehouse for interactive analytics or a hybrid – a database with both row and columnar storage for customer-facing applications requiring analytics.

Automatic failover and self-repair

SkySQL uses MariaDB MaxScale and Kubernetes to automatically recover from cloud instance and zone failures, deploying replicas across multiple zones and taking backups every night.

Transparent scaling and load balancing

Developers don’t have to create multiple connections and implement read/write splitting or load balancing, SkySQL does it automatically for them using MariaDB MaxScale.


Get started

It’s easy to get started with SkySQL, and it doesn’t cost a thing. Sign up for SkySQL today and get a $500 credit toward up to three databases of any size and any type (transactional, analytical or hybrid).

Step 1

If you don’t have a MariaDB ID yet, now is the perfect time to get one. If you do, advanced to step 2 and sign up for SkySQL!

Create a MariaDB ID

Step 2

Now that you have MariaDB ID (or already had one), sign up for SkySQL, launch a database and start taking advantage of that $500 credit!

Sign up for SkySQL