Thursday, April 10, 2008

What's going on in the web after all?

I don't usually post lists of links, but I've been reading all that has been coming out following the Google's AppEngine announcement, and thought it would be a good idea to systematize these.

Bungee Labs - Next Generation Web Development Platform
an ambitious new on-demand, web-based development environment that enables developers to build and deploy web apps that utilize the large variety of APIs and web services out on the Internet

BungeeConnect
The Bungee Connect Platform-as-a-Service is a single environment for the development, testing, deployment and hosting of amazing web applications. Bungee Connect powers highly interactive user web applications built 80% faster and at a cost tied only to end user adoption

Google App Engine: Cloud Control to Major Tom
Google App Engine is similar to the Amazon Web Services stack, which rolled out at the end of 2006 and has since gone on to be utilised by many startups for their infrastructure needs. But it is not a set of standalone services like Amazon's - which includes S3 for storage, EC2 for hosting and the SimpleDB database. Google App Engine is an end-to-end service and bundles everything into one package.

Red Dog: Microsoft's Answer to App Engine and AWS?
Kip Kniskern over at the LiveSide blog spotted a Microsoft job advert that appears to give some insight into a cloud computing platform under development at Redmond that could compete with Google's just released App Engine or Amazon's suite of web services. The utility computing platform, codenamed "Red Dog" according to the job ad, is under development at Microsoft's Cloud Infrastructure Services (CIS) team and aims to see a version one release within the "coming year." What little info is provided by the job posting is rather obscure, but there are a few juicy tidbits to be had.

Google's App Engine: Aiming At Facebook, Not Amazon
If the Silicon Valley echo chamber wants to make up a competitor for AppEngine, its proper correlate (by a whisker) is Facebook’s F8 platform. If you must cram this new service into a pigeon hole, think of App Engine as the Facebook Platform for the grown-up web.

App Engine: Host Your Apps with Google
It's about time that developers get access to Google's platform! We've been hearing about Google's server farms and development tools for years. After Amazon Web Services started doing so well we all knew it was just a matter of time (next will be Microsoft we can can safely assume). Though the obvious comparison is to AWS, they aren't really the same beast. Amazon has released a set a disparate services that can be used to created a general computing platform. The services, though they work together, do not come bundled.

Linxter Internet Service Bus (ISB)
Linxter is an in-the-cloud, customizable communications infrastructure for distributed applications providing hyperconnective, secure, assured information delivery.

Google AppEngine
Google App Engine enables you to build web applications on the same scalable systems that power Google applications.

Red Dog: Yet another unannounced Microsoft cloud service
I believe Microsoft is working on a hosted app platform for developers, with BizTalk Services and SQL Server Data Services (SSDS) at its heart. In fact, I‘ve heard the codename “Zurich” attached to this Google-App-Engine competitor. But are Red Dog and Zurich one and the same? I think they are different, and all part of the big Microsoft services plan in the sky.

Google unlocks its data centers
Where's Microsoft?

Food for thought.

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