Pulse on Kindle Fire: powered by Google!?

Silk, the browser for Amazon’s new Kindle Fire, utilizes Amazon’s cloud. But don’t think AWS is the Kindle Fire’s only cloud connection. In a post on Tuesday, Pulse’s Greg Bayer explained how his company’s news-reading app actually runs atop Google’s App Engine Platform-as-a-Service offering.

5 ways to protect against vendor lock-in in the cloud

Two weeks ago, Google announced a significant price increase for use of its App Engine Platform-as-a-Service. With vendor lock-in comes vulnerability to price increases. And for developers and app makers, this drastic shift may have been a “bet-the-company” decision without ever realizing it.

What’s better: Pricier Google App Engine, or nothing?

Google App Engine is growing up by changing both its service model and its pricing, and many developers who have been using the service under the old model are none too happy about it. Perhaps they should just be happy that App Engine is sticking around.

Can Google App Engine compete in the enterprise?

At Google’s I/O event last month, the company announced new features and a new pricing model for its App Engine PaaS offering, and now the web giant thinks it’s prepared to compete with companies like Red Hat and Salesforce.com in bringing enterprise users to its platform.

Google’s App Engine Is Sputtering

appengine_lowresUpdated: Today we’ve received an email and seen multiple tweets alerting us to the fact that Google’s (s Goog) App Engine software development platform is down. We’ve emailed the company for details, but in the meantime, a check of the App Engine status page won’t even load at 11:30 a.m. PDT, and updates on the site indicate that it’s been put into unplanned maintainance mode after experiencing problems this morning.

Update: A Google spokeswoman tells us that the service was down because of a storage issue. She emailed a statement that read: “Today at 8 am PT datastore access for App Engine applications was affected due to a cluster-wide issue. The team identified and fixed the underlying problem and service has now been restored. We apologize for the inconvenience and encourage anyone having technical difficulty to visit the System Status Dashboard or the Downtime Notify Group, which are both linked from the Google App Engine Community site.”

We’ve seen several complaints about the impersonal way Google seems to be handling this, criticism that certainly may cause the company harm in its quest to woo the enterprise to its platform. Readers, can Google keep App Engine flying?

Google App Engine Announces Pricing

When Google (s GOOG) first released App Engine as a “Preview Release” last April, developers had relatively little computing power. Only a few apps got Google’s permission to grow beyond the free computing quotas, including BuddyPoke, Lingospot, Mentalfloss and Giftag.com. Now, the company’s going to start charging for its App Engine cloud platform. That’s welcome news for early adopters of the cloud computing platform, because even if they have to pay, they’ll now have access to the company’s vast computing resources. Read More about Google App Engine Announces Pricing

Google Opens Up App Engine Pricing Model

billing-blog-post-100percent-trimUntil now, Google’s (s goog) App Engine has been a great playground for coders: Everyone gets a daily quota of computing resources to play with. But without understanding how pricing will work when you go beyond those quotas, it’s been harder to understand business models built on it. Today, however, Google has shown us how the pricing model will work.

The approach is similar to AdWords: You set a daily budget, and when your application exceeds its free quota for that day, additional capacity comes out of the budget. The cost is split across processing, storage and bandwidth.

It’s easy for Google to offer a free daily quota because App Engine isn’t built around virtual machines the way competitors like Amazon’s (s amzn) EC2 are: You’re not paying by machine, because there aren’t any machines. Competition from Google’s free quota model may encourage other clouds such as Amazon to introduce free cloud computing quotas for small-traffic applications; meanwhile, Google is carefully launching an ecosystem for developers to build and sell their cloud-based software.

App Engine: Competition Is Good for Everyone

The launch of Google’s Application Engine is a watershed moment in the software development industry. The days of building and hosting your own servers, save for specialized applications, are officially over. Meanwhile, companies that offer similar services will be forced to take a hard look at what they offer and what they need to do to improve it.