It will compete with rivals like Microsoft’s Azure & Amazon’s EC2
Gigaom has confirmed with multiple sources that Google will soon offer its own comprehensive cloud based services, competing with rivals like Microsoft’s Azure & Amazon’s EC2.
Essentially “cloud computing comes in three flavors, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). They each provide increasing levels of rented virtual resources. With IaaS, users simply rent use of servers provided by one or more cloud providers. PaaS users rent servers as well as the system software to use in them. SaaS users also rent application software and databases along with the servers and system software.” Google will likely offer enterprise-level IaaS.
Google has chosen Microsoft to be its main target, for “the enterprise developer community is… one of Microsoft’s biggest strengths, and Google wants to go after them.” However, it has yet to give an official announcement.