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Run Drupal on the Google Cloud with CloudSQL 2nd Generation and persistent storage.
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Scaling your Drupal (Or any PHP) application on the Google Compute Cloud with Docker.

When running a Drupal platform hosting is essential for the succes of your website. Being able to scale with spikes, increasing traffic and storage can take alot of time and is often expensive. The Google Compute Cloud ( can help out while still being in control as a developer. In this article we will focus on deploying a scalable and reliable Drupal platform.

To start out we need to signup for the Google Cloud and create a project.

  • Visit and create your project. If you want to make use of the App Engine like the Task Queue be sure to check whether the App Engine location is in the desired region under 'Advanced Options'.
  • Install the gcloud console tool for your system (
  • Run gcloud init to setup your access to the Google Cloud project.

If you already have a Google Cloud account and project initialize it with the commands:

gcloud projects list
gcloud config set project [PROJECT_ID]

The Google Cloud allows you to choose the zones you want your application to run. It is important to think about where you want your platform to run. In this article we will focus on a single region. The available zones and regions can be found using the command gcloud compute zones list. More information about these zones can be found here After determining the zone make sure this is used as default:

gcloud config set compute/zone [ZONE]

Setting up your MySQL database using Google CloudSQL (2nd generation).

Enable Google Cloud SQL API at

  1. First you should check which machine type you want to use. The second generation SQL uses the compute engine for deploying the database. You can get a list of supported machine types using gcloud sql tiers list or find more information at and
    In this article we start with the default db-n1-standard-1 which is upgradable to a more performant machine later. If you are just running a small blog or mostly static website you can even choose to use the db-f1-micro machine type.

  2. To be able to access the database from your network determine your IP address.

Create your SQL Instance:

gcloud sql instances create [CLOUDSQL_INSTANCE_NAME] --tier=[TIER] --activation-policy=ALWAYS --authorized-networks=[IP] --region [REGION] --gce-zone [ZONE] --backup --backup-time [HH:MM] --enable-bin-log --database-flags innodb_file_per_table=1

Set the root password:

gcloud sql instances set-root-password [CLOUDSQL_INSTANCE_NAME] --password [PASSWORD]

The performance of your harddisk depends on the storage size of your database. Gcloud cli doens't allow to change the storage size. The default database size is 10GB, to get better performance (even if you do not need the actual size) edit the SQL instance on to match your read/write needs.

If availability is important you might want to make use of the High Availability configuration which will deploy a master in the preferred zone and a failover in a different zone closeby. When a zonal outage occurs and your master fails over to your failover replica, any existing connections to the instance are closed. However, your application can reconnect using the same connection string or IP address; you do not need to update your application after a failover. More information can be found here A replica can be enabled when backups are active, binlog is active and at least one backup has been created. Create the failover the next day:

gcloud sql instances create [CLOUDSQL_INSTANCE_NAME]-repli --master-instance-name [CLOUDSQL_INSTANCE_NAME]

Find the IP address of your running db instance:

gcloud sql instances list

Test whether you can connect to your MySQL:

mysql -h [CLOUDSQL_INSTANCE_IP] -u root -p

After successfully connecting to your MySQL create a user and database to allow the CloudSQL Proxy to access your database.

mysql> CREATE USER [CLOUDSQL_USER]@'cloudsqlproxy~%';

If you want to import your database instead of running a clean install of your application:

mysql -h [CLOUDSQL-INSTANCE_IP] -u root -p < [DUMPFILE]

Setting up your shared file storage using Google Cloud Storage.

Create the bucket

gsutil mb -l [REGION] gs://[STORAGE_BUCKET]

Setup your cluster.

Create the cluster

gcloud container clusters create [CLUSTER-NAME] \
  --num-nodes=2 --machine-type=n1-highcpu-4 --disk-size=50 \
  --scopes=compute-rw,storage-rw,storage-full,service-management,service-control,logging-write,monitoring,sql,sql-admin,taskqueue \
  --zone=europe-west1-d \

Copy the www.yaml from the example directory to your directory and change according to your needs. And start running the pods on your cluster:

kubectl create -f www.yaml

Start the service so your site is exposed

kubectl create -f www-service.yaml

Start the http/https load balancer

kubectl create -f www-ingress.yaml
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