5 thoughts on “Google launches Amazon rival, Compute Engine”

  1. Joyent is ¢4 per hour for the larger instances compared with ¢5.3 per hour at Google. And Joyent doesn’t have to nickel and dime customers with bandwidth charges. How can Joyent compete and win on price? Joyent has different technology that is better, faster and has a lower cost basis. By going with Linux based KVM with non-local “ephemeral” storage, Google has selected the wrong virtualization model. Telecoms like Telefonica are using Joyent’s technology to out-compete Google. The battle is going to get interesting. Just as Google Plus is still struggling against Facebook, Google Cloud Engine is not a guaranteed win in the IaaS space. That has broader implications for Google’s ability to capture the new generation of App developers build solutions stretch across phones, tables and the web. If those App developers are not using a Google Cloud, then they may not use Google payment engines, or Google advertising engines, even when part of their apps live on Android and iOS phones.

    1. Joyent’s least expensive plan (source Joyent website):

      Small 1GB (1 CPU) 30GB $0.085

      1. Joyent’s plans are all in. Joyent doesn’t charge in piece meal for every put and get, every bit of traffic. Bandwidth is free… up to 10TB per month, which is a huge amount.

  2. Its great to welcome Google to this horse race. Urs Hölzle is right about this being cyclical paradigm shift, not a fleeting fly-by-night shift. I’d love to see a live debate between Urs Hölzle, Microsoft’s Rolf Harms and Amazon’s Werner Vogels! The greatest news about all of this is that there is no monopoly! Ding dong the Wintel monopoly witch of the past is dead! Rejoice! Hurrah! My only beef with Google’s announcement today is that they are not making the debut of Compute Engine in such a way that is apt for startups, which is ironic given Google I/O is a developer conference. But in time its reasonable to expect decent developer support for companies of all sizes. The key to any of these big three vendors is to avoid “lock in”. Most people in the enterprise space today are not dumb or naive (unless they were born yesterday) so their will be very little tolerance for “Hotel California” like lock ins.

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