Cloud computing has become much more than the buzz word in the technology world with more number of companies innovating to get this platform to become mainstream and this will play an influential role in every sector for years to come. Google has been in the forefront of developing new applications, technologies to make cloud computing more accessible and simple to use. Shailesh Rao, director at Google and Global Head of the Cloud business unit said that they find the India market ripe for adopting cloud technologies and they are ready with more innovations, in an interview with PP Thimmaya. Edited excerpts.
Could you provide an overview of Google’s cloud strategy?
This is one of the most exciting areas. For the last 15 years, we have been building amazing cloud infrastructure and innovating so many dimensions around it. All these fundamental innovations are in order to make our services faster. What we are doing is just exposing the same infrastructure to everybody else. The amount of reliability, performance and ability to scale at attractive costs is something we can bring to the entire world. Cloud has become mainstream in some markets and it will be in others over the next few years. This is long term play. Over time we will continue to expose more and more services available within our core infrastructure.
What more can we expect from Google?
There are multiple layers. Cloud is not a monolithic thing and there are expansive set of options in terms of innovating on raw computing infrastructure. For example, the ability to do live migration, is a fundamental innovation in computer science. We also announced major price cuts, driven by our belief that cloud computing has still not caught with Moore’s law of pricing on processors. We think we need to get certain level of scale and reliability that actually makes a dent.
We are going to innovate in the area where it will be very easy for the developers to use our cloud infrastructure. For example, a developer with a couple of click of clicks can deploy the code. In the core infrastructure side we are going innovate to bring the latest hardware. In networking there is lot of opportunity, we own and operate one of the largest proprietary networks and we will continue to innovate on that front.
We believe SaaS applications will be a big part of the future. We have 5 million companies