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Google is developing a tiered channel program, slated to launch later this year, for partners that want to work with the Google Cloud Platform.

Developers use the Google Cloud Platform to build, test and deploy applications on Google's cloud infrastructure using a mix of compute, storage and application services. Because businesses that use the platform generally require IT integration help, Google is particularly recruiting partners that can offer complete solutions and cloud expertise, rather than just work with point products.

Google made the announcement at the Red Hat Cloud Symposium this week. While attending solution providers welcomed the news, some said they needed more details about the program to judge the impact it will have on their own businesses. Google already operates channel programs around its Google Docs, Google Drive and Google Enterprise applications.

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