If you think Google is a superman and doesn’t need anyone, think twice. Yesterday in its Google I/O developer conference, it announced its Google App Engine for business. The notable features include centralized administration, a 99.9% uptime SLA and heightened security. It also announced the partnership with VMware on cloud portability.
Why does Google need VMware?
In short, it’s about Enterprise. As the “for business” in the name explains, the new service is targeted for enterprises which are not really Google’s strength.
Google launched App Engine two years ago primarily for developers of consumer-oriented Web applications who wanted to host their software on the Google cloud infrastructure.
While businesses liked the App Engine concept, many felt the product lacked some key enterprise features required by IT departments, so Google is now filling those gaps with this new version, said David Glazer, a Google engineering director. More
So Google needs VMware whose SpringSource has stronghold in Enterprise Java market, so that it can reach out to these enterprises for hosting business.
From VMware’s perspective, it’s another home run for Open PasS strategy after saleforce.com partnership, and will lead to more partnerships with other players. The vision is really simple: if you have a Java App running on vSphere or vCloud, then you can run it on Google App Engine or other hosting platforms. Find out more from VMware CTO Steven Herrod’s blog post.
Don’t forget that there is yet another winners in this partnership, which are the enterprises who would like to have more choice, flexibility, definitely no vendor lock-in. Open PaaS just speaks to their needs.