Google launches application hosting

Apr 8th, 2008 @ 7:22 am CST

They’ve taken the application level approach (Python currently).

And unlike Sun’s attempt (which also needed porting of app to a platform instead of the looser requirements of EC2 style), there is an interesting entry incentive:

“It’s free to get started. Every Google App Engine application can use up to 500MB of persistent storage and enough bandwidth and CPU for 5 million monthly page views.”

http://code.google.com/appengine/

http://code.google.com/appengine/docs/whatisgoogleappengine.html

http://googleappengine.blogspot.com/2008/04/introducing-google-app-engine-our-new.html

http://appgallery.appspot.com/

http://groups.google.com/group/google-appengine

    2 Responses to “Google launches application hosting”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    The Sun effort seems a lot different than this which is more like EJB hosting almost.

  2. Tim Freeman Says:

    I think they are different, I was just casually pointing out that they both require application porting to a specific environment.

    It looks like the Google one is a more specific environment than Sun’s. Python (that can’t launch processes, create sockets, and persistence goes via BigTable) vs. Solaris with application launch script

    One could easily argue that a Xen VM (EC2, workspaces) is a specific environment target too. And I’d agree, but IMO it is at a much different place on the spectrum vs. the other two things.