Google Taps Ex-VMware Chief Diane Green To Head Cloud Business
Tech company Google has just made a massive move on the cloud front, hiring Diane Green (pictured) to lead a new team combining all of its cloud businesses -- and applications that aren’t even in the cloud yet. She has officially stepped in as vice president for Google’s cloud operations.
Green is a familiar name in the technology world. She co-founded and served as CEO of VMware from 1998 to 2008. The jump wasn't a long one for Green, who started sitting on Google’s board of directors in 2012. A technology industry veteran, Green has also served on the board of Intuit.
“Cloud computing is revolutionizing the way people live and work, and there is no better person to lead this important area,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a statement. “We’re also lucky that Diane has agreed to remain on Google’s Board of Directors . . . as she has a huge amount of operational experience that will continue to help the company.”
Integrating Google’s Cloud
Green will take charge of a new team that combines all of Google’s cloud businesses under a single banner, including Google for Work, Google Cloud Platform, and Google Apps. Essentially a new line of business, Diane will work to integrate product, engineering, marketing and sales so the cloud business can operate with a stronger focus.
Google isn’t merely hiring Green; the company acquired her talent when it snapped up Bebop, a company she founded. Green was operating her company in stealth mode until this week’s acquisition. Bebop, an enterprise development platform, aims to make it easier for developers to build and maintain enterprise applications.
“We think this will help many more businesses find great applications, and reap the benefits of cloud computing,” Pichai said. “Bebop and its stellar team will help us provide integrated cloud products at every level: end-user platforms like Android and Chromebooks, infrastructure and services in Google Cloud Platform, developer frameworks for mobile and enterprise users, and end-user applications like Gmail and Docs.”
Going After Enterprise Business
Google enterprise watchers may have seen this additional focus on the enterprise coming. The Google Search Appliance launched in 2002 as the first of many productivity-driving products, including Gmail, Docs, Chromebook and the Google Cloud Platform.
According to Google’s own data, 60 percent of the Fortune 500 are using a paid Google for Work product. That spells incremental revenue for the search engine giant, which is making a bold leap toward more income with the Green-Bebop move.
We caught up with Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, to get his thoughts on Green coming on board at Google. He told us she’s a great hire for the firm.
“Google is one of the leaders in consumer Google cloud services. They are significantly behind in the enterprise. Diane Green is very well seasoned in that space. She’s a ruthless competitor. VMware rose to prominence under her leadership,” Kerravala said.
For a company that’s really struggled in the enterprise space, Kerravala said Green is the right person to lead that group. "Bebop is an enterprise-focused tool so that complements what Google is doing. But this acquisition is as much about her as the product," he added.