Google has opened its App Engine to everyone which allows developers to build applications on the same infrastructure as it uses for its applications. The service is free for up to 500MB of storage and 5 million page views per month after which you’ll have to start paying. You’ll also have to write your applications in Python as well but if you’re a developer of any worth you should be able to adapt to any programming language. Things just got a whole lot more interesting and it seems Google is saying to the likes of Microsoft, “bring it on”! Choice is good and healthy for customers and in truth for the competing companies as well but I’m sure they wouldn’t admit that!

Here are some articles from O’Reillynet to get you started on Cloud Development

Getting Started with the Google App Engine

Creating Applications with Amazon EC2 and S3

I’m off to install Python on Ubuntu!!!