The company's pricing schemes (which avoid long-term contracts in favor of discounts for continued use) played a role in Quizlet's decision to move from Joyent, but Quizlet Platform Lead Peter Bakkum said that the ultimate decision came down to a belief that Google's core technology is better than that of the competition.
Bakkum's confidence is a key sign of what could be in Google's future. Urs Hölzle, its senior vice president for technical infrastructure, expects the company's public cloud business to overtake the advertising revenue that makes up the overwhelming majority of the money Google makes.
What remains to be seen is if the company can live up to that prediction.
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