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New Updates for Google Apps Engine Includes Picasa Infrastructure

Google Apps Engine has received a few new updates that include multitenancy capabilities, image serving and custom error messages.

The new features are part of the 1.3.6 release of App Engine for Java and Python. Google Apps Engine competes primarily with Amazon EC2. Other competitors include Windows Azure and Salesforce.com and its Force.com platform.

A bit about the new features:

Multiitenant Support: This means that every client can now have its own namespace. This allows the developer to serve the same app to multiple different customers with each seeing a unique copy of the application.

Image Serving: Google App Engine now supports high-performance image serving. The system is based on the same infrastructure Google uses to serve images for Picasa. Developers can use a dedicated URL to serve thumbnail images by the hundreds on a single page.

Custom Error Messages:Developers no longer have to rely on Google Apps Engine to automatically server error pages. Google Apps Engine now supports static HTML error pages that can be served for such issues as when the system is over quota, DoS, timeouts and generic error pages.

Language support is one of the most requested features in the Google Apps online discussion group. Google has not said when or what lanuages it would support besides Python and Java.

We have asked Google for comment. We will update the post when we hear back from the company’s spokespeople.

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