Google to launch Amazon, Microsoft cloud rival at Google I/O

23 thoughts on “Google to launch Amazon, Microsoft cloud rival at Google I/O”

  1. Rackspace welcomes more entrants into the cloud war (funny, we have a bigger footprint in Cloud Computing than Microsoft does and were the father of the open standard, OpenStack, which is supported by AT&T, HP, Dell, Cisco, and many others. So my question is: will it be built on top of open standards like OpenStack? Will it have real, comprehensive, and awesome support?

      1. Uhhh, I don’t understand this comment. Not saying that Google is a role model, but it does a lot more for open source than most other companies (though Facebook, LinkedIn, and others probably do better.)

    1. you make a really good point with Support. If there’s something google will never convince anyone at, is at interacting with people, I doubt they’ll have great support, but who knows, they should be smart enough to know competitors would be quick to point that out.

    2. That’s simply not correct that Rackspace has a bigger cloud footprint that Microsoft.

      What’s more, OpenStack is yet to be deemed a success. There have been some significant companies pull their support and a couple of other major players will go in a different direction (though this isn’t public knowledge as yet). This is due to OpenStack’s struggles to build a robust and commercially viable platform. It offers nothing over existing platforms like CloudStack.

    1. guess you didn’t read the article, just the title.

      They’ll be renting out instances too. GAE is more like Elastic Beans and they’ve had it for a long time.

      It’d be nice also if they opened up BigTable and Google Drive, to sort of compete against DynamoDB and S3.

  2. It’s worth pointing out that Amazon is “king” of a fairly small castle WRT the overall IT market. Cloud is super and fun, hooray, but it’s a fraction of the enterprise dollar and a very, very small part of the overall IT market. Just…pointing that out.

    1. Excellent point worth making (especially if you read Gigaom the past few years you’d think that Jeff Bezos is some sort of landlord oligarch who has been proclaimed champion second to none).

  3. What about interoperability with multiple platforms ?, In my point of view , Microsoft has a good ecosystem to deal with a wide community of developers , If Google is going to rival Microsoft with their new announcement , i guess it’ll be a very interesting offering to look at

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  6. Another Giant jumps into take utility infrastructure business. How are these consumer centric companies(Google and Amazon) relate to Enterprise requirements? Also, what will be their strategy to address hybrid clouds that Enterprises are seeking? What will be their beachhead target segment and use case?

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