SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Diane Green, executive vice president of Google Cloud Enterprise, made an on-stage appearance at TechCrunch Disrupt Tuesday with the publication’s editor, Matt Burns, and discussed her role running the internet giant’s massive cloud business.
Greene joined the company last year when Google brought her startup, bebop Technologies for $348 million. The acquisition immediately gave Google her immense enterprise credibility.
She previously played an instrumental role in the creation of VMWare, before selling that company to EMC for $635 million, then proceeding to help bring the company public under the EMC umbrella in 2007. At VMware, she worked on the virtual machine technology that would become the basic building blocks for cloud infrastructure services.
With her wide range of experience and expertise, Greene is today attempting to help Google catch market leaders Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Tuesday, she announced a big cloud win when Evernote said it would be moving its 200 million users from its own private cloud to Google — a huge win for the company.
As Greene pointed out, it makes so much sense to move to the cloud. “I honestly [don’t understand] why anyone would try to run their own data center. Now that I understand what our data centers can do, you couldn’t begin to understand our scale.” She pointed out that they invested $10 billion in CapEx investment in their data centers, and they have a staff of 650 people dedicated to security.
She rightly states that no private company could begin to touch that kind of commitment. “I think everyone realizes they can be more secure and spend less money and let someone innovate in areas I can [then] take advantage of. I can partner with [this] innovator and focus on my core competencies for my customers and products,” she said.
As for Google’s competition with AWS and Microsoft, who both offer the same value proposition, Greene said Google can speak to customers on an engineer to engineer level, as well as offer a competitive price and highly efficient data centers. As she pulls the company together in a more organized fashion under her leadership, they can take advantage of these factors to continue growing.