But a picture does emerge when you look through the job boards.
Google is hiring several people that could work on any internal infrastructure. But one posting in particular looks a bit different than the rest.
It’s a job for a solutions architect who will be a “founding team member” of Google Cloud Platforms and focus on growing the “Cloud Services” business.
Does that give a hint?
I think so. Here’s why.
The job is specifically for Google Cloud Platform. Google Cloud Platform is a new packaging of services. It consists of Google Apps, Google App Engine, Google Cloud Storage and Google BigQuery. It also offers a Google Prediction API and the Google Translate API.
The job is for a solutions architect. These are people well-versed in hardware and software engineering. They are proficient across multiple platforms. They understand the complexities of heterogeneous environments. They will often design solutions and acting as a liaison between the enterprise architects and developers.
The person hired will be part of a small, tightly-knit solutions architect group that’s “delivering Google Cloud Platform as a service to new businesses as well as enterprise customers. “
The job also requires building applications and services on the cloud platform; designing and creating sample solution offerings using Google App Engine and what the job description calls “Google Infrastructure.”
This looks like a job for developing custom solutions, which makes sense if you look at how Google has been developing its infrastructure. Earlier this spring it unveiled Google Drive, its cloud storage service. It has the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) in Google App Engine.
Google has to build out a solutions practice to be competitive. AWS has an apps marketplace and is courting technology and consulting partners. HP will be sure to aggressively market its own public cloud infrastructure.
Google has the apps and the platform. The infrastructure is the missing link. But to attract enterprise customers, it needs people who understand enterprise environments, legacy apps and the cloud. That’s where the solutions architect comes into play.