Today in Cloud

I was all excited to write about the spate of new Hadoop distributions, tools and integrations, and then I read that Google is seriously upgrading App Engine to make it more business-friendly. This is a pretty big deal as far as PaaS goes because it makes Google a more realistic option for deploying enterprise applications; previously, it was mentioned as a cool platform for developers. But I wonder whether this isn’t bigger news for VMware, which worked with Google to incorporate Spring as App Engine’s Java framework. Even if providers don’t partner with VMware like Salesforce.com did, having its IP emerge as a de facto PaaS standard for Java apps could work out very well across VMware’s business lines.