Cloud Computing Q and A with Dave Girouard, President of Google Enterprise

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dave girouardHere are a few audio snippets from a Q and A session with the president of Google’s Enterprise division, Dave Girouard. The session took place on August 5th at the Pacific Crest Technology Leadership Forum in Vail, Colorado.

Girouard talks about Cloud Computing, Google’s new App Engine, the Google Apps productivity suite, competition versus partnerships, and how Google faces the challenges of protecting its users’ privacy and security.

Q: How does Google define Cloud Computing?

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Q: Why do you think Gmail is getting more adoption than the other Google Apps products? How do you define the competition for Gmail?

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Q: Is there a product that’s running a close second to Gmail?

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Q: How do you address the three key barriers to entry when it comes to Cloud Computing — Concerns over data security, service and support issues, and the ability to customize apps that are in the cloud?

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Q: What was the rationale behind the partnership with Salesforce.com?

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Q: What is the revenue model for your applications besides Gmail?

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Q: How many people are using Google Apps?

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Q: Why use Google App Engine over Amazon Web Services?

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Q: Are larger acquisitions part of a strategy for Google Apps?

Girouard talks about last year’s Postini acquisition.

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Q: Why is Google Apps still not quite there as far as core functionality is concerned?

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Q: What are the stakes that are at risk in moving to this model? Where will the battle be fought?

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Q: What does Google make of Microsoft’s claims that Software as a Service isn’t a viable solution and that only software plus services will work?

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