Google App Engine or AWS?

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2008-04-11 Print this article Print

So, should a business pick AWS or Google App Engine, or something more familiar? Some feel that these nouveau Internet companies have a ways to go before challenging the old guard of business computing.

In response to an April 7 eWEEK story on the Google App Engine, an anonymous reader whose company has used business services from Google and Amazon said Google is not so much challenging as the entrenched companies like IBM that have been providing data storage and application hosting for decades.

"With IBM you get to talk to a person," the reader wrote. "With Google and with Amazon the interaction is via e-mail with Tier 1 support personnel and not at all suited for 'mission-critical' applications. Reported problems take days to even receive a response, much less for action to be initiated by technical staff.

"These new services may be priced to be attractive to the CFO but heaven help the CIO that puts critical applications in the hands of either company," the reader added.

Whether or not Google or will address those issues is a question for the future. And it will be interesting to see what Microsoft brings to the table with the Dryad parallel computing system and its SQL Server Database Services in 2008.


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