Another Indian gets top tech job, to head Google’s Cloud business

Galtero Lara
Noviembre 21, 2018

However, Google's cloud market share remained at around 6 percent.

During her tenure in charge of one of the internet giant's central units, Greene rapidly expanded the business, hiring a major new salesforce and investing hundreds of millions of dollars in data centers and undersea cables.

Announcing that decision, Greene said that Google would not have sought the Maven contract if company officials had anticipated the criticism from employees and that the decision was made when Google was more aggressively going after military work.

It remains to be seen how Google Cloud will fare under Kurian, a software veteran with two-decades experience at Oracle under his belt, including the former title of president of product development.

He quit that role in September, with Bloomberg reporting that he had recently fallen out with Oracle founder Larry Ellison over "whether Oracle should make more of its software available to run on cloud computing from chief rivals Inc. and Microsoft a way to diversify from its own struggling infrastructure". The company retracted its bid for a multibillion cloud-computing contract with the Pentagon amid worker protests over Google's support for the US military. "The cloud space is early and there is an enormous opportunity ahead", she said.

"Kurian's background at Oracle will help him understand the market, but Oracle Cloud is not all that successful compared to AWS and Azure", he said.

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When Greene began as CEO, she was critical of Google's cloud product, saying it needed audit logs, improved security controls, peer-to-peer networking and compliance.

In her blog post, Greene highlighted some of these personal achievements, including the establishment of "a training and professional services organisation and partnering organisations".

After AWS, Microsoft and Google are still running in second and third place, respectively, but experts commend Google Cloud's technical proficiency. Kurian had a hard time transitioning the company to cloud computing. Oracle's cloud business trails Google's. He'll now have a chance to try it again.

Kurian said he "is excited to join the fantastic Google Cloud team at this important and promising time".

Ray Wang, founder and principal analyst at Constellation Research - who once worked alongside Kurian at Oracle - told Computerworld UK that the executive is a systematic leader and as such his first job will be to "sit down with a clean sheet of paper and look at the problem".

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