Google has taken over enterprise development platform startup "Bebop" and made its founder Diane Greene the head of Google's enterprise cloud business, CEO Sundar Pichai, announced in his blog post on Thursday, 19 November.
Greene is no stranger to Google, being on the company's Board of Directors for three years. She is also the founder and former CEO of VMWare.
"Bebop is a new development platform that makes it easy to build and maintain enterprise applications. We think this will help many more businesses find great applications, and reap the benefits of cloud computing," Pichai wrote.
He said that over 60% of the Fortune 500 relies on Google cloud penetration. In fact, apart from their own businesses that operate on cloud infrastructure too, "Google has significantly larger data centre capacity than any other public cloud provider â€“ part of what makes it possible for customers to receive the best price and performance for compute and storage services," he wrote in the blog post.
However, Pichai cautioned that as of now only a little fraction of the world's data uses cloud penetration while majority of the businesses and applications aren't cloud-based yet.
"This is an important and fast-growing area for Google and we're investing for the future," he added.
Regardless of being one of the first cloud companies that even made great advancement in gaining popularity among its consumers, Google has struggled to keep up with Microsoft, IBM and Amazon Web Services.
To catch up, Google had tried to promote the work versions of its cloud services â€“ Google Docs, Google Drive, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Play, as well. However, earlier in July the company received a major blow when Google Apps customer General Electric (GE) chose Microsoft Office 365 over Google for its whopping 300,000 employees, TechCrunch reported.
Greene will direct a new team looking after Google's cloud businesses, including Google for Work, Cloud Platform, and Google Apps.
Upon the close of acquisition, both Bebop and Greene will join Google's cloud business platform.