Although, I am still pretty skeptical of the whole SQL talk in the Cloud (being an SQL DBA veteran myself), I do also welcome this development in the Cloud. The Zoho blog says the following:
There are in particular 3 things that stand out about Zoho CloudSQL:
- It's the first technology that allows customers to interact with their data on the cloud, from another cloud application or from an on-premises one through real SQL.
- It supports multiple SQL dialects. We support all the major (and even some not so major) ones: ANSI, Oracle, SQL Server, IBM DB2, MySQL, PostgreSQL and Informix.
- With our JDBC/ODBC drivers, developers can access data in the cloud just as easily as if it were stored in a local database.
The next natural question is: What Zoho services you can access through Zoho CloudSQL? Today we're starting with Zoho Reports, our on-line reporting and business intelligence service, and soon other relevant Zoho services will follow-suit. Zoho Reports (which used to be called Zoho DB & Reports) also added a new Web API today.
We wanted to showcase Zoho CloudSQL with a simple example, so we built a straightforward application on Google AppEngine that collects data fand uses Google's servers to store it. Then it uses Zoho CloudSQL to get the reporting functionality inside the application. Try it out at: http://zohoreportsdemo.appspot.com/.
Zoho CloudSQL also underscores Zoho's commitment to never lock-in customers through the artificial retention of their data. Customers trust Zoho with their data because they know they can get it out anytime, through a variety of clearly documented and accessible means.
And just in case you were wondering - yes, Zoho CloudSQL is meant for developers, not end-users. So if this is the first time you're hearing about SQL dialects and JDBC drivers, well, Zoho CloudSQL is probably not for you. But hey, it's never too late to get started!