CliQr launch could hold key to Google's future cloud service

CliQr launch could hold key to Google's future cloud service

Summary: Would you trust Google to run your internal enterprise apps?


CliQr Technologies today emerged from stealth mode with the announcement of a cloud based service that can port large enterprise applications to any cloud platform in under one day.

If the Palo Alto based startup can deliver on its promise it could result in significant IT cost savings. Enterprise applications are notoriously difficult to rewrite for cloud platforms and their performance can be unpredictable.

"With CliQr we can port an app in under one day," said Gaurav Manglik, co-founder and CEO. "You can also test run your application across different vendor platforms and choose the one with the best price/performance."

CliQr itself, is a cloud based service that ports the customer's apps and monitors their security and performance.

The cost savings for IT departments would also be matched with considerable time savings. It can take many months to port an enterprise application to cloud platforms. These are large business applications that are essential to every organization and ports could introduce new bugs.

CliQr also offers an additional advantage: it helps prevent lock-in when critical apps are tied to one host service. "Because you are using the same application you can move it easily around public cloud vendors," said Dave Cope, chief marketing officer.

Google Ventures, the venture capital arm of Google, is one of the investors. Although the technology is probably not useful for Google's internal apps, CliQr could possibly become part of a future service offered by Google to large enterprises.

Google already sells a suite of cloud-based productivity apps such as docs and email. The next step could be to expand that service to hosting customer apps in its datacenters. Google's data centers are finely tuned, with custom built equipment and software, to be highly efficient — far more efficient than most corporate datacenters, with their layers of legacy equipment and poor design.

Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google, has said that a key goal for the company is to be able to host the IT needs of any business, in addition to handling all of its e-commerce, marketing, and advertising operations. Technologies such as those from CliQr are a crucial step in that direction.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Apps, Google, Software, Software Development

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  • Dont build your sandcastles on Googles beaches

    I get why Google acquired CliQr to strengthen their Google App Engine (GAE) offering. But with GAEs lack of an SLA and performance issues, I cannot risk my companies critical business systems to an advertising company that may abandon their offering at a drop of a hat. After all, Google has dropped lots of products, leaving their clients with no alternatives.

    Instead, I am going to rely on proven technologies that I can port from one cloud provider to another without Google lockin.
    Your Non Advocate
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  • You're joking ... right?

    "Would you trust Google to run your internal enterprise apps?"

    Ha ha. That's really funny.
  • How easy do you want it??

    There's Linux distros like Turnkey Linux that offer complete turnkey packages that can be installed in no time. I'm playing with about 7 packages at once, each running in it's own virtual container, and what USED to be one heckuva chore to set up a server is now dead easy. I don't need Google when it's that darn easy to do.