Google finally open its (virtual) door of infrastructure for outsiders and allow them to use Google's infrastructure to write their custom application. Something which called be a threat for services like Amazon S3.
From Google App Engine Blog:
Google App Engine gives you access to the same building blocks that
Google uses for its own applications, making it easier to build an
application that runs reliably, even under heavy load and with large
amounts of data. The development environment includes the following features:
- Dynamic webserving, with full support of common web technologies
- Persistent storage (powered by Bigtable and GFS with queries, sorting, and transactions)
- Automatic scaling and load balancing
- Google APIs for authenticating users and sending email
- Fully featured local development environment
Google App Engine packages these building blocks and takes care of the
infrastructure stack, leaving you more time to focus on writing code
and improving your application.
Google done it again!