It’s Google’s focus on products and services anyone can use that makes its enterprise story more accessible and easier to understand. Here are five examples of Google’s take on enterprise technologies we saw at Google I/O this year:
Google Compute Engine is the most important enterprise news from Google this year. It serves as a way for developers to host applications on Google much like they do on Amazon Web Services.Google Compute Engine is immensely powerful. It has Web scale. Developers looking for scaling capability will see the most value. The IaaS has little support for enterprise, mission critical environments. On the other hand, Google Compute Engine may prove a tight fit with Google App Engine, Google Drive, BigQuery and its additional APIs.
Google Drive is now available on iOS. Google Drive is pretty hot in how it ties into different platforms and productivity apps. According to Google: “We launched the Drive app for Android phones and tablets a few weeks ago, and starting today, Google Drive is available for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.”
Offline Google Doc Editing is a long awaited feature and is now available. You can write documents when offline and sync when you get connected again.
It makes it possible for multiple users to co-create content in Hangouts and continue to access it afterward, by using a Google ID to log in to a project stored on Symphonical’s website. The app, which was still in beta with only about 3,000 users, was spotlighted in Fulay’s presentation on Wednesday and will participate in the so-called sandbox of featured products that run on Google’s platform that begins Thursday morning.
Gadgets: Chromebooks are an increasing realistic alternative with the mainstream use of cloud computing. On the other hand, it is also marketing Android devices. The issue is coming to a head. CRN sums the concerns up well:
Even with all that potential, it remains to be seen whether there’s a compelling case for Google to maintain two Linux-based operating systems. Now that Chrome will be the standard browser in Android 4.1, a Jelly Bean-based laptop would not only run browser apps, but also enjoy triple graphics buffering, beefed up system frame rate, and smoother animations and graphics rendering. It would also have access to the enormous and growing Google Play marketplace of native apps and media as well. With Google’s first self-branded tablet coming in mid-July, an Android-based laptop might not be too far off.