Just days after Microsoft rolled out a cloud-based version of its ubiquitous Office suite, Google is countering with its own enterprise-friendly cloud service. The search giant on Wednesday debuted its App Engine for Business, a version of its original App Engine retooled for the enterprise, and announced a new partnership with virtualization heavyweight VMware.
Google’s latest enterprise news is just part of a flurry of announcements coming out of the company’s annual I/O developer conference. CIO Update has the details on Google’s new tool for enterprise apps and the partnership with VMware.
Google is knuckling down in its efforts to woo enterprises to it cloud-based offerings.
The search giant today announced Google App Engine for Business, a more enterprise-oriented version of the original App Engine that’s been used mainly for consumer applications. App Engine provides a complete development environment for companies to build and host applications on Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) own scalable cloud infrastructure.
Google also announced an alliance with virtualization kingpin VMware (NYSE: VMW) designed to help companies more easily migrate and deploy cloud-based apps of their choosing. The news comes after rival Microsoft’s release earlier this month of its Office 2010 suite, which gives users the option of using the best-selling software suite in the cloud.