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Competition will hot up among the big three in the IaaS space
Both Microsoft and Google are working actively to take Amazon on in the cloud computing domain with Infrastructure as a service offerings that match what Amazon is doing. Industry sources say that Microsoft may announce its new initiatives on a June 7 event that it is organizing, while Google is likely to do something by the year end.
An IaaS offering makes a lot of sense for both companies. Google is already active in the PaaS domain with the Google App Engine that is essentially a set of cloud based runtime applications. Google is already offering the Google cloud storage so an IaaS offering will slot right in.
Microsoft is expanding beyond Azure. It has realized that many developers want to use cloud services but work on the Linux platform. Therefore the new offering will have an option to hire either Windows or Linux based virtual servers by the hour.
Eventually the user gains with this competition bringing a lowering of prices. We may also see a trend of companies spreading their risks and hiring identical servers from two or more of the big three to host their applications. Now that would increase redundancy no end!