Google has launched a new service it’s calling Google Cloud SQL. It’s a cloud-based, scalable MySQL database environment that can be used by individuals, businesses, or whomever. The best part is that it’s free. At least, for now.

While a lot of people in the industry are abuzz with the opening of this service, there is plenty of salt being thrown too. Google has made it clear that while this service (which should still be considered beta) is free until at least the end of the year, there will be charges coming in the future. The question is whether Google has learned their lesson from the last time they did this.

Not too long ago, Google released the App Engine cloud computing infrastructure to the world. Also as a free or mostly-free service. They announced that it would not be free forever, just during testing, and that it would eventually come with a charge. What developers who began using the infrastructure didn’t realize was how large that price was going to be.

Early this year, when Google announced pricing for the App Engine, devs who were using it were dumbfounded at the gigantic sticker price. An outcry ensued and Google realized that they had a serious PR problem on their hands and issued an apology for the suddenness of the price hike and their failure to provide the information devs needed to understand what their apps were going to cost them once pricing was in place.


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