Google entered the cloud space in April 2008 with the release of the Google App Engine (GAE) platform. In May 2010, Google released an object storage service and in June 2012, the compute service Google Compute Engine (GCE). Google was founded in 1998 and has more than 53,000 employees in more than 40 countries. Google reported revenues of $50.18 billion in 2012, placing the company at number 73 on the US Fortune 500 list. Google refers to its suite of cloud services collectively as the Google Cloud Platform. GCE is currently available in US, EU, and Asia data centers and supports Linux-based compute instances only. GAE supports multiple programming stacks (including Python, Java, Go, PHP) that conform to specific runtime constraints. Key differentiators include Google’s experience maintaining Internet scale infrastructure (estimated at hundreds of thousands of servers); a comprehensive suite of cloud services; many high-profile clients including Best Buy and Khan Academy; integration with related Google services like Google Apps and authentication; and backing from an established, technology-driven Internet company.
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