Google’s cloud platform will be modified to make it more compatible with windows licenses and applications. As well as the obvious convenience of moving windows apps to the new cloud platforms, and the advantage of using familiar programmes, the compatibility of cloud means there will be no additional licencing fees for those already using windows licences.
A large portion of today’s business needs run on windows, and Google wants to cater to this cloud. Other cloud platforms have already had windows compatibility, but there is a desire with some companies to be present on more than one platform. One reason for this is that the companies want to avoid being locked into one service provider, where fees can be considerable. Using one vendor makes any future changes difficult, as everything has to be moved. Multiple platforms means that only the contents of one platform needs to be moved during a change. The other reason for multiple platforms is to take advantage of the different services each platform offers.
It has already been announced that Windows server 2008 R2 Datacentre Edition is running on the Google cloud platform, with the latter Windows server 2012 and 2012 R2 coming in the near future. SQL server and sharepoint and exchange server are already transferable to cloud to those who have already paid their Microsoft fees, without additional cost. And customers are also being offered free use of the popular chrome RDP app, which has been optimized for cloud.
Google has come a little later to the cloud hosting game, but if the customer’s companies do want to spread themselves across platforms then they may not be too disadvantaged. Google is a large group in its own right. Customers wanting several cloud platforms will certainly consider including Google along with the other bigger names.