Google launches into the cloud


Google introduces App Engine, "a developer tool that enables you to run your web applications on Google's infrastructure. The goal is to make it easy to get started with a new web app, and then make it easy to scale when that app reaches the point where it's receiving significant traffic and has millions of users."

Arrington: "Google App Engine is designed for developers who want to run their entire application stack, soup to nuts, on Google resources. Amazon, by contrast, offers more of an a la carte offering with which developers can pick and choose what resources they want to use."

Dave Winer: "What PCs did in the 80s, Google is doing now. PCs took the black magic out of owning a computer. Now Google is taking the black magic out of operating a scalable web app."

Some good discussion here.

Related at CIO Insight: Nick Carr talks about the coming era of cloud computing and its impact on enterprise IT; a relatively early look at Amazon's service offerings.

A video about using App Engine (more here):