More About Integration than Money

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2008-12-08 Print this article Print

Google App Engine team member Peter Koomen offers more here.

Kelman admitted that from a financial standpoint, neither nor Google stands to make a lot of money from this type of venture. Rather, the effort is about bridging the work of two distinct developer camps. Who knows where this will lead in the future? It's impossible to say now.

What is clear is that and Google believe this melding of two very different SAAS computing models represents the next frontier in the Web-based computing the industry has come to know as the cloud. Steve Gillmor has more along these lines in TechCrunch today.

In this paradigm, an alternative to the traditional on-premises model fostered by Microsoft, customers can procure business applications from, social or e-commerce apps from Google App Engine or computing power from Amazon Web Services rather than managing and maintaining their own hardware and software in-house.

From a technical, what gets shared with whom standpoint, for Google App Engine lets programmers leverage the Python language from App Engine in a scalable cloud environment and interact directly with database, workflow and logic capabilities in  

The integration also forges Python libraries that, when placed on App Engine, allow App Engine applications to read and write to using the API. App Engine developers meanwhile get access to mobile, analytics, security and sharing models, user authentication, and multilanguage and currency support.

The integration is not the first of its kind, coming after Nov. 4 began letting its 100,000 programmers use storage and computing capabilities from's Amazon Web Services to build apps, and Facebook APIs to build applications.

Previous integrations include Salesforce for Google AdWords, Salesforce for Google Apps, in which Salesforce customers can work with Google Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, and Google Docs from, and for Google Data APIs.


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