If Jeff Bezos of Amazon thought that he is making headway in cloud computing, he better look over his shoulder. Sure, Amazon is the 800-pound gorilla of distributed web services and cloud based computing, but the landscape for that market is going to get even more interesting now that Google has officially announced Google Compute Engine. This service is a cloud based server service that will rival Amazon web services. In other words, if you’re a developer, you’re going to be using applications based on these huge distributed network that is guaranteed to be up 99.95% of the time. This is not simple web hosting. We’re talking like a very mascular data infrastructure that mirrors the data computing power and reliability that makes Google search engine possible.
Many companies that used certain functionalities or even based their complete web presence using cloud computing, definitely, have an advantage over traditional hosting services because this is highly redundant. This has many security features. In short, this iteration of cloud computing really tries to deliver on as much of the hype of cloud computing as possible and Google has been doing an 18-month preview for its system and it looks like all systems are go and this service is now open for wide commerical availability. This is going to be a huge challenge for Google because Amazon hasn’t been standing still when it comes to web services.
Thanks to Elastic Cloud Compute or EZ2 system, the sweet of services that Amazon offers has become quite nimble, variable, versatile and flexible. So if Google wants to make some headway into this market, it has to convince people quickly and clearly that its systems are better. It’s probably a good idea to look into some sort of plug and play system that would fit the fast evolution of the app development market towards and API-based development system.