Google appoints VMware co-founder Diane Greene to head cloud biz

Google has appointed VMware co-founder Diane Greene to run its cloud business.

The strategy of Google CEO Sundar Pichai is to gain share in the fast-growing Cloud market. Google competes with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, etc.

Pichai has made selling cloud storage space to enterprises a growing priority for the company to take on rivals Inc and Microsoft. “Every businesses in the world is going to run on cloud eventually,” said Pichai on a post-earnings call in October.

Amazon’s cloud business is now its fastest-growing business, while Microsoft is banking on cloud computing to make up for slowing sales of personal computers, Reuters reported.

Greene, a Google director for three years, will lead a new team combining the company’s cloud businesses, including Google for Work, Cloud Platform, and Google Apps.

Google also said on Thursday it will buy Greene’s startup bebop Technologies, a development platform that helps build and maintain enterprise applications. Greene and the bebop team will join Google after the transaction closes this year.

She will continue to serve on Google’s board as a non-independent director, the company said. Greene was replaced as VMware’s CEO by former Microsoft Corp executive Paul Maritz in 2008.

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