Google aims for cloud supremacy, hires VMWare co-founder Diane Greene

Google is taking a bigger leap into the cloud business, moving one of its board members, prominent Silicon Valley technologist and VMware co-founder Diane Greene, into a new executive role.

The tech giant is buying Greene’s startup, Bebop Technologies, and appointing her to lead a new team that combines all of the company’s cloud offerings, including Google for Work, Cloud Platform and Google Apps, according to a blog post from Google CEO Sundar Pichai and a regulatory filing submitted Thursday to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

“As a long-time industry veteran and co-founder and CEO of VMware, Diane needs no introduction,” Pichai wrote. “Cloud computing is revolutionizing the way people live and work, and there is no better person to lead this important area.”

The announcement came just a day after Urs Hölzle, Google’s longtime infrastructure chief, told attendees of the Structure conference in San Francisco that the company’s cloud business could surpass its advertising business by 2020.

VMware CEO Diane Greene in Palo Alto on October 25, 2007. (LiPo Ching/Mercury News)

VMware CEO Diane Greene in Palo Alto on October 25, 2007. (LiPo Ching/Mercury News)

Greene plans to stay on Google’s board, where she has served for three years, but will resign from its audit committee.

Bebop, the enterprise app platform startup she quietly founded in Los Altos in 2013, will be integrated into Google. The price of the deal was not disclosed.

“Bebop and its stellar team will help us provide integrated cloud products at every level,” Pichai said. “End-user platforms like Android and Chromebooks, infrastructure and services in Google Cloud Platform, developer frameworks for mobile and enterprise users, and end-user applications like Gmail and Docs.”

Four years ago, in announcing the launch of Google Drive, Pichai said that “at the heart of it, Google is about cloud computing — letting people live on the cloud and get things done on the cloud.”

And while widely considered a late-comer in pursuing the cloud storage business, the Mountain View titan has been picking up speed in its efforts to compete for enterprise customers with Amazon, Microsoft and others.

Above: Diane Greene, photographed September 7, 2007 in her Palo Alto office when she was CEO of VMware. (Pauline Lubens/San Jose Mercury News)


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  • Ilya Geller

    Google is gone – Google shall not be able to compete for cloud services and search-advertise on Internet anymore.
    Oracle already structures unstructured data:
    1. Oracle obtains statistics on queries and data from the data itself, internally’.
    3. Oracle gets 100% patterns from data.
    4. Oracle uses synonyms searching.
    5. Oracle indexes data by common dictionary.
    6. Oracle killed SQL, Structured Query Language; there SQL either does not use statistics at all or uses manually assigned one.
    All of that means a new database will be used soon instead of all current SQL databases; and Internet soon becomes one.

    Google uses the dead SQL only; Google spies after explanatory details which help to target information/ advertisements; spies after Internet statistics – popularity among users.
    The new database does not use SQL, need any explanatory details and it gets all needed statistics from data itself.

  • alrui

    Of course Oogle wants to be all in on the cloud – more data to mine and sell, its how they make $!