Google set to compete with Amazon Web Services with an updated Google App Engine, Google cloud storage and general availability of Google Compute Engine (GCE).
As Al Hilwa, program director for Application Development Software research at IDC stated, Google is taking all the right steps for becoming a serious cloud platform competitor.
Google in its Google I/O developer conference disclosed much awaited news for its customers. The Google App Engine platform, version 1.8.0, will now add limited preview for PHP programing, which will be an added benefit for the developers. It currently supports its own Go, Python and Java.
Google has also announced Google Cloud Storage, which will be a competitor for Amazon’s S3 storage solution. It is a managed and schema-less storage service for non-relational data. The tech giant disclosed that the standalone service will offer automatic scalability, high availability and capabilities such as ACID transactions and SQL like queries and indexes.
The announcement that caught the most attention of its customers was Google having made the Google Compute Engine generally available for all its users. It will be adding one-minute billing increments. Google will also be increasing the size of its persistent disk that developers have access to – from 1.25TB to 10TB.
With all these announcements made, we will now have to wait and watch how far Google succeeds in catching up and leaving behind its big time competitors such as Microsoft and Amazon.
Google has now made Google Compute Engine accessible to everyone in answer to its rival – Amazon’s seminal EC2 cloud computing service. It was announced on Thursday that Google will now give access to its Compute Engine to the subscribers of its ‘Gold Support’ program. It will be providing a 24/7 access to Google support engineers for a subscription amount of $400 per month.
Microsoft has cut down the prices of its Windows Azure cloud service in an attempt to compete better with Amazon’s cloud services. The key business of Microsoft has been selling servers and client software. Cloud services provided by other companies such as Amazon, Google and many others has hence become a threat to Microsoft’s traditional business.
Amazon has updated its Amazon Cloud Drive Photos so that users can now upload videos over its photo upload app from their mobile devices. The Amazon Cloud Drive Photos is an app available on the Amazon cloud which allows users to upload their photos from their mobile devices or auto save them on the cloud.
The Amazon Mobile App Distribution program announced on Wednesday morning that developers will now be able to publish their app on Amazon’s Appstore. Amazon has taken a step towards making mobile apps created by developers for Kindle Fire tablet and certain select Android devices available on its Appstore.
TBR analysts suggest a major rise in Google’s revenue generated from the Cloud and Google App Engine. In a Thursday analyst note, TBR analysts estimated that Google nearly earned $200 million in the second quarter via its Google Cloud Platform and App Engine. This rise is nearly a 195% up from its previous year’s earning.
Google does not fail at giving the best to its customers, hence paving a way to take on its competitors. The Google I/O started with a lot of anticipations from its customers’ end and they were definitely not completely disappointed. Most Google users expected the company to make Google Compute Engine or GCE generally available instead of just to the customers paying $400
Microsoft has launched Azure Data Lake Analytics, its cloud-based service that will run big data queries on enterprise data stored on the company’s public cloud. What is interesting about the launch is that this service uses a new querying language developed by Microsoft.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) cut down prices by 26% on its Windows on-demand EC2 instances, a move it took within hours of Google having slashed prices by 4% on its Google Compute Engine instances (GCE instances). OpenStack Grizzly has come as a better alternative to AWS.