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Google Tempts Startups With $100,000 Cloud Credit
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sdonovan
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sdonovan,
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11/4/2014 | 8:43:41 AM
Meeting it with half the excitement I should
Google has a reputation for giving away product and assuming data ownership in ways others have not. Hosting entire business solutions on a platform they developed for hosting and managing their massive internet indexing, still carries some hesitation. Amazon and Azure seem to be pure service offierings and have yet to break that trust. If Google offers the services free for a year, what rights do you give up for the data you host? I wish I did not even need to ask this of a hosting provider, but Google and free make me need to see the fine print.
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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9/26/2014 | 12:10:49 AM
Re: Broadening its appeal to startups
Google have made their intentions clear. They are eagerto take Amazon Web Services' market share. AWS is by far the cloud service provider of choice for most startups. With Google's offer however, most of these companies are likely to opt for Google's servers.When they are on Google's Cloud Platform, chances are that they will stay there and start footing their bills. 
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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9/14/2014 | 1:43:14 PM
Re: Broadening its appeal to startups
This is a good idea for Google – seems like a great marketing opportunity. 

I would think that the $100,000 cloud credit would only come into play when some product or service hits a high level of popularity. That's exactly what I would think Google would want out of this – good cloud publicity. 
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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9/12/2014 | 6:25:24 PM
Broadening its appeal to startups
Google as an admired company in the Silicon Valley is frequently the cloud provider for startups here. It's the rule rather than the exception that startups use a cloud provider rather than build a data center. Google's $$ offer will  make it even more appealing to startups -- here and elsewhere. If it captures the next Twitter or Facebook, mission accomplished.


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