Google on April 7 launched its highly anticipated development infrastructure called Google App Engine. App Engine is Google’s fully integrated hosted application environment that allows developers to run their web applications on Google’s infrastructure.
Announced at Campfire One, App Engine is currently in preview release and is limited to an initial pool of 10,000 developers. (The first 10,000 developer accounts were fully allocated on April 7th) Google App Engine initially only supports Python but will roll out other popular development languages over the next few months.
Google App Engine will provide 500MB of storage, 10GB bandwidth per day and 200M megacycles of CPU per day during the preview period.
The preview development environment includes the following features:
While not direct competition to Amazon Web Services or Salesforce’s Force.com, Google App Engine will allow developers to create an entire web application stack on the Google App Engine infrastructure. This will work great for developers for example who are new to ondemand cloud computing and will help them scale as the use of their applications grow.
Google has a number of applications in its appspot.com application gallery that were created with the first iteration of Google App Engine. Although their are only a couple of enterprise applications (versus the normal glut of Web 2.0 applications) listed in the gallery so far, I would expect the number of enterprise applications to grow quickly.