SharePoint and SQL Server Can Now Run on Google Cloud
Cloud really is changing the way that enterprises do their business. And while Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure fight for the opportunity to help clients get to their cloud services, Microsoft is still the powerhouse brand for enterprise applications and since many enterprises already run Microsoft servers it has a traditional advantage.
Google might have an interesting strategy to increase its cloud marketshare by running Microsoft apps on its cloud. A recent article on Gigaom called Google wants your Windows apps on its cloud highlighted a new deal where Google is now a Microsoft License Mobility program partner.
It’s good news for companies because it will allow them to migrate their SQL Server databases, SharePoint repositories and Exchange on Google Cloud without the need for additional licensing fees. From a migration point, it will allow companies to use the Microsoft enterprise apps they’re already using and move a portion of those apps to the Google Cloud. And yes, Google can only run Windows Server 2008 R2 but the company is already working on supporting Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 soon.
As the article points out, companies are mixing up their cloud plans by qualifying up to three vendors. With the ability to run Microsoft Servers on Google Cloud Platform, Google adds a highly-valued capability that better aligns it with the tools that most enterprises are already running.