When Google hired VMware co-founder Diane Greene to run its cloud business late last year, the company was clearly indicating that third place isn't good enough.
Amazon.com and Microsoft have built sizable leads in cloud infrastructure, capturing billions of dollars that businesses are spending to offload their computing and storage needs. IBM is third, followed by Google.
Greene, who ran VMware from 1998 to 2008, will talk publicly about her progress versus the competition on Wednesday at the Google Cloud Platform user conference in San Francisco. It's Greene's first major appearance since taking the helm. One not-so-subtle participant at the conference is Netflix, which just happens to be one of Amazon Web Services' marquee customers.