Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Where Google App Engine Spanks Amazon’s Web Services

For building scalable web applications quickly, App Engine beats AWS by a surprisingly wide margin. Note, however, this refers specifically to web applications. For anything custom, you need Amazon. Because App Engine only supports Python, you also need Amazon for running any non-Python code. While this is a significant difference, many good developers are facile with multiple languages and can move rapidly between them. Amazon’s flexibility makes it win out for many applications, but not for the most common application there is: web sites. App Engine is more of a “domain-specific cloud” for web applications, but it’s shockingly good at what it does.
Where Google App Engine Spanks Amazon’s Web Services: S3, EC2, Simple DB, SQS « Route 183
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