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Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) newly launched Compute Engine Infrastructure, seen as a big potential rival to Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Web Services’ cloud infrastructure, may still have some way to go in its range of offerings. Google is hoping to win against Amazon, as well as the cloud stacks offered by Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL), Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), IBM (NYSE:IBM), and VMware (NYSE:VMW), among others, based on raw performance.
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Urs Holzle, senior vice president for technical infrastructure at Google, said the Compute Engine can offer “50 percent more compute per dollar” than other vendors. “We worked hard for a decade to lower the cost of computing, and we’re passing these savings on to you,” Holzle said at the company’s developers’ conference last week.
While Google has spoken about its Linux Virtual Machines and the flexibility and control it would offer application developers, its services may stay short of Amazon offerings that include storage, computing, databases, content delivery networks, identity management, and templates to build cloud services, according to ZDNet. Amazon also has an early lead and offers Windows instances as well as connections to Oracle and SAP applications.
Google’s service is only available as a limited preview at the moment, with access offered through its salesforce.
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