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Data Portability and the Cloud

Two Great Tastes that Taste Great Together

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We’ve been hearing a lot these days about cloud computing and data portability. It only makes sense that we see some data portability through the cloud as well right?

Confused yet? Think services like Facebook Connect combined with Google Apps.

At the Cloud Connect event last week a bunch of developers got together and combined cloud services from Google, Amazon, and Salesforce.com to create useful applications. One such application that Kevin Gough of the Google Apps Team shares at the Google Enterprise Blog is one from developer Claes Nygren that acts as "socially-aware" job search tool for the iPhone using the Google App Engine and the Facebook and Google Apps APIs:


That’s just a small taste of the kind of things we’re going to be seeing more of in the near future. Gough writes:

During the second day to we ran 30 or so developer-to-developer training sessions where we had Google engineers instruct on implementing Google App Engine, and GData and Google Maps APIs with the hope that they’d use our services when building their cloud-based apps.

And on the evening of the third day, we didn’t boil the oceans, but coding teams did create some pretty sweet apps using only cloud services.

Gough encourages developers to play with Google Code in one of two ways. You can mess around at the AJAX APIs Playground or register for the Google IO Developer Conference, which goes down in May. I would expect to see some really cool apps coming out after that (with surely many more before hand).

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