How Google Put the Cloud Computing World on Notice

I wrote last week that the time might be right for Amazon Web Services to launch its own platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering, if only to preempt any competitive threat from other providers’ increasingly business-friendly PaaS offerings. That stance is firmer than ever now that Google has introduced to the world App Engine for Business, which further advances the PaaS value proposition.

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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.

Customers to Cloud Providers: ‘Fess Up, and Fix It

A couple of times over the past two months, I brushed aside concerns over failures and outages at Google and Amazon Web Services. But that was then, and this is now. This week, failures at Rackspace and again at Google, this time affecting App Engine, have even me a little worried about the future of cloud computing. What strikes me hardest, however, are the reactions to Rackspace’s and Google’s respective explanations of their failures. These are new vendors selling a new paradigm, and users expect a new type of customer experience.