Google announced that Microsoft customers will be able to run Windows applications on the Google crowd platform. Earlier this week, Google said that Microsoft License mobility swill be available on Google Cloud. What this means for customers is that they will be easily able to migrate applications such as SharePoint, SQL server and Exchange onto Google cloud, for no licensing fees. Customers with perpetual licenses have access to the same as well, announced Google. Companies will have to review the service terms to use this feature, as it will be subjected to some additional conditions said the company.
Google maintains that it is the best platform for Windows workloads
Google released three enhancements earlier this week on Google Compute Engine, allowing customers to run Windows-based workloads on its cloud platform. Customers will also have access to Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition in a beta version on the Google Compute Engine. The company elaborated on the feature saying that it acknowledged the need for customers that use Windows to run some of these applications on cloud. Many of these users are looking at high performance rapid deployment and expanding data centers to cloud, Martin Buhr, the product manager quoted on the blog site.
Even so, Google did not propagate its competitor Microsoft’s Azure cloud service with regards to its own cloud platform. Google maintains that it offers the best platform to run Windows-based workloads as it offers multiple ways through which customers’ data centers can be linked to clouds, while also supports Local SSD. Meanwhile, Google says that work is still underway to offer Windows Server 2012 R2 and 2012 on cloud, without commenting any further on a date when it would be offered.
Windows users will also be allowed to use Fusion Labs popular app Chrome RDP on Google Cloud Compute for free. Users with the Chrome browser can make remote desktop sessions for Windows instances even without any additional software. The feature is quite straightforward and requires users to select the RDP button on the Google Developer Console. Google says that each of the Windows instance has its passwords stored and managed by the Google developer’s console.