To compete for cloud business with IaaS programs like Amazon Web Services and Rackspace, Google (News - Alert) has launched Compute Engine, a cloud IaaS that will leverage Google’s worldwide infrastructure and data centers to provide hosting for virtual machines.
“This is a major move by Google and what you’re seeing is the emergence of these mega cloud providers that already have extensive infrastructure running at massive scale,” said Bailey Caldwell, vice president of business development for RightScale.
“Google now can offer an amazing set of capabilities you can launch in Google Cloud and take advantage of Google App Engine, Google Drive, and for [the] enterprise, its SaaS (News - Alert) products like Google Docs,” he added. “And it will allow a whole generation of startups to create new products.”
Compute Engine will host virtual machines running on Linux and complement Google’s App Engine, which facilitates the development of new applications. This complementary relationship, according to Google, will allow Compute Engine to provide more value than other cloud services. Google is also promising lower costs than Amazon for its cloud IaaS.
One disadvantage pointed out by Tony Safoian, CEO at SADA Systems, is that Google hasn’t created a reselling channel for its cloud services that will allow customers to share in revenue generation.
“Will channel be able to re-sell their IaaS?” Safoian asked. “I've been making the argument about how important this is for a long time. For us to be motivated to build rich, consuming IaaS use cases and solutions for our clients, we need to be invested by being able to participate in this utilization revenue.”
In spite of its lack of a resale channel, Safoian says SADA Systems still plans to use Compute Engine for its lower costs. Compute Engine runs on a usage-based pricing model.
Businesses can run high-performance and grid computing workloads, analyze massive amounts of data and execute batch processing jobs using Google’s massive infrastructure. Enterprises can scale to tens of thousands of cores on infrastructure designed for large-scale computing.
Customers can either sign up for access to Compute Engine online or contact sales for enterprise-level support.
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Edited by Braden Becker