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GOOGLE: 'THIS IS OUR BUSINESS'
Google has offered solution providers cloud-based products such as Google Apps, which allows partners to sell its business applications, storage, search feature and e-mail service. But it did not provide cloud infrastructure until late June, when it unveiled Compute Engine, which supplies cloud services through its worldwide data centers and infrastructure.
Google's cloud cost structure places it as the second most expensive provider ahead of Microsoft Windows Azure. For a medium-size server workload for one year, Google would charge $5,080, above the CRN/Cloud Spectator study's $3,656 average.
For a monthly rate, Google's cost would be $423, above the $329 average. By the hour, Google would cost 58 cents, above the average of 45 cents.
Shailesh Rao, director of new products and solutions with Google Enterprise, said the Compute Engine service will move it ahead of the top cloud providers, particularly rival Amazon. "They had a head start and they are formidable competition," he told CRN. "But we feel we have better technology. This is our business. Amazon is a retail business."
Google kept the momentum going in late July, rolling out a Cloud Platform Partner Program that offers partners tools, training and resources to provide cloud services through Google's infrastructure. Google partners receive technology resources to configure and manage applications running on Google's Compute Engine cloud infrastructure. Those resources include Google BigQuery to import and analyze data, and Google Cloud Storage for archiving, backup and recovery, and primary storage solutions.
Allen Falcon, CEO of Cumulus Global, a Westborough, Mass.-based cloud services provider that sells Google Apps, said Google's infrastructure play will strengthen his company's portfolio.
"Google Compute Engine is a natural progression for Google Apps for Business and Google Apps Engine," he said. "It will enable organizations to leverage Google's infrastructure for private cloud, hybrid cloud and custom SaaS solutions."