Posted by jonathan at 11:18pm EST on 04/07/2008
Just a few moments ago, at 12:00am PST, Google launched its Google App Engine platform which will be a direct competitor to Amazon’s S3 service.
Amazon S3: “Amazon S3 is storage for the Internet. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.”
Google App Engine: “Google App Engine enables developers to build web applications on the same scalable systems that power our own applications.”
Right now, you can visit the page and login, but there is a waiting list. “Unfortunately, space is limited during Google App Engine’s preview release. As we expand, we’ll invite more developers, but for now you’ll have to wait.”
But wait…or rather don’t wait, there is already an SDK for developers to start using. The platform itself is not fully ready for normal registration, but the SDK should help give developers a head start.
There are plenty of more details on the hosted Google Code page that you can take a look at.
So what will Google really be hoping to accomplish with this new service? Scalability, usability, and ease of use. “Google App Engine makes it easy to design scalable applications that grow from one to millions of users without infrastructure headaches.”
Overall, it’s going to be an exciting tool for developers to use with seamless Google integration.