Google Cloud draws open source

Google Cloud draws open source

Summary: You can take your company into GoogleLand, or you can go in through a another door. An open source door.

TOPICS: Apps, CXO, Google, Open Source

Appengine from Google AppengineThe delivery of the Google App Engine may turn out to be the biggest story of this year.

Google has always told its new employees to imagine what they would do with unlimited capacity. Now, as of April 7, it's telling application developers the same thing.

The key question is, of course, what's the best way in? You can take your company into GoogleLand, or you can go in through a another door. An open source door.

That's what Appcelerator is offering. The Atlanta-based Java tools outfit is porting its software over via its developer network, and offers a step-by-step method for using its tools on the service.

Not to mention a running demo application.

I fully expect lots of other folks to offer similar side-doors into Google Apps very soon, so this isn't an ad for Appcelerator. The point is that questions about the business usefulness of Google Apps may be greatly overblown.

Topics: Apps, CXO, Google, Open Source

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  • Or understated

    I have noticed that many are [i]allways[/i] willing to trust someone else's data "to the cloud", never their own.
    • Whats the difference?

      Its not like companies aren't running services off someone else's data center as it is...or else there wouldn't be so many hosting companies out there. The only difference now is that they have put a silly buzzword on it and eliminated the idea of individual servers.
    • You seem not to have noticed business

      Outsourcing to backup and recovery third parties is the insurance that many large enterprises are turning to. Their data is, if you will, in someone else's "cloud."

      I'm sure zealotry is its own reward, but don't go overboard foisting it on the Fortune 50 - they ain't buying.
    • So maybe the FBI and MS won't stick all their files there

      but for small businesses what's the problem? Save money, IT salaries AND let someone else take care of the security side of things ...