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Right now, Google Compute Engine mirrors Amazon Web Services, said Gary Chen, IDC research manager for cloud and virtualization system software.
“Google is going after an Amazon-type of public cloud where there are only a few that compete,” Chen said. “That type offers services at low cost with a minimum of service-level agreements and ability to scale.”
Google Compute Engine will have to develop the services to accommodate enterprise workloads, the type of hosting that is often carried out in private clouds, he said.
“They will have to mature the infrastructure, offering enterprise features that people expect, like security, management tools and customer support,” he said.
And Google partners may benefit with platform development for Google sellers, he said. “There may be integration with Google Apps as developers create custom APIs to the Google Compute Engine,” said Chen.
There are also indications that Google will evolve Compute Engine to support more sophisticated enterprise workloads.
Urs Holzle, senior vice president for technical infrastructure at Google, told the several thousand developers attending his keynote Thursday at the I/O conference that Compute Engine is open to modification. “It’s up to you to figure out how to make the best use of this service,” he said.
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