News of Google’s massive restructuring has already gone past the “is it April Fools’ again?” phase and well into the “what’s this mean for me?” phase. Many of Google’s more experimental subsidiaries are being spun off from the main company, but the “core” Google businesses remain under the umbrella of the Big G.
Does that mean Google Cloud Platform and Google Compute Engine are staying within the fold? By all accounts, yes — and there’s a good chance Google has a vested interest in standing pat.
Keep your cloud close and your enemies closer
Google’s stated reason for breaking out its more experimental projects is to make them more transparent and accountable — at least to the bean counters. Cloud Platform and Compute Engine are far from experimental; it’s all but mandatory for a Google (or a Microsoft or an IBM) to have some kind of cloud offering. From that standpoint, it makes sense to keep Google’s public cloud operations close to the chest.