So Google Compute Engine is out, your move Amazon

Huge news in cloud computing.


Now that the fog of hype is starting to lift from the Moscone Center  where Google (s GOOG) rolled out its promised Amazon cloud killer, don’t expect the folks up in Seattle to stand still. As Amazon Web Services (s AMZN) has made clear over the past 7 years, inaction is not an option.

Here are a few things AWS (which after all, remains the cloud to beat) could do to shore up its defenses as GCE, Windows Azure and soon VMware’s AWS competitor (to be re-announced May 21) come online.

1: Get more granular in pricing

One headline item Wednesday was Google’s decision to rent cloud instances by the minute instead of by the hour (well, you have to buy a minimum of 10 minutes with incremental charges for each additional minute.) AWS rents by the hour, which is something it could well change. Both companies are late…

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