When Google released its PaaS offering called Google App Engine, it attracted Web 2.0 developers in big numbers but it didn’t gain much traction like Amazon Web Services or Microsoft platform. In fact, in May 2010, Network World had an article quoting a Forrester Survey which put the percentage of developers using Google App Engine at a meager 8.2%.
Built for hosting Web applications, App Engine services more than 500,000 daily page views, but App Engine’s 8.2 percent usage rate, based on a Forrester Research survey of developers in late 2009, trails far behind Amazon.com’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), which has nearly a 41 percent share. Microsoft’s newer Windows Azure cloud service edges out App Engine, taking a 10.2 percent share. Forrester surveyed 1,200 developers, but only about 50 of them were actually deploying to the cloud.
The IT category however remains the top performing job category with a 44% increase in provider earnings in Q2 year over year. Fueling this growth are companies embracing cloud computing platforms and mobile devices that need to tap into highly skilled and qualified work teams. After making an entry into the top 50 skills in Q1 2010, Google App Engine, the cloud-based application development platform, showed the single largest increase in demand with over a 10x growth quarter over quarter. With this increase, Google App Engine (#37) moved past Amazon Web Services (#40) as the cloud platform highest in demand in Q2.
With Microsoft pushing hard on Azure, we are in for some good competition. If this trend holds universally, we can see that a trend towards platform services exists moving developers away from the IaaS offerings like EC2 consistent with what I say about the future of platform services. I think the next two years will be interesting to see how the market develops for platform services, in general, and Google App Engine, in particular. What do you think? Will enterprises ever take Google App Engine seriously? With today’s vFabric announcement, how serious VMware will be in their support for Google App Engine?
(Cross-posted @ Krishnan Subramanian)