We all know that change is an inevitable part, especially when it comes to technology. It happens whether we are ready or not and cloud computing is the proof of the same. Until a few years back, not many of us even heard about Cloud Service Providers but, today we all are well-versed with it. Aren’t we? All thanks to the ‘winds of change’ that have blown with such a great pace.
Over the past few years, cloud computing is revolutionizing the way computing is done and this is the reason why businesses are keen to embrace this state-of-the-art technology. It comes with not-so-easy-to-ignore benefits, especially to those business enterprises that are not able to meet the expense of maintaining data centers or those who want to wind down their costly data center investments and move their IT infrastructure off-shore premise. Since, most of the businesses are online these days and they need a server with high availability, scalability, and resiliency within quick time to host their data. But, it is not possible to manage all these on your own. This is where Cloud Service Providers step in to ease your burden. Here in this blog post, we have compiled a list of top 5 cloud computing and service providers that you can pick to improve the work performance of your business.
#1 Amazon Web Services (AWS): The Unrivalled Leader
Amazon Web Services, popularly known as AWS – Amazon touts itself as the world’s biggest cloud computing company. It’s a pioneer in two of the most popular forms of cloud computing services – Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Besides IaaS and PaaS, you can enjoy plenty of networking options as well as virtual private cloud, DNS by availing Amazon Web Services. Over millions of customers across the world are using Amazon Web Services to enjoy the cloud computing services. Who would have thought that AWS which was started originally to improve the utilization of Amazon’s costly data centers will become the biggest source of revenue for the company?
#2 Google Compute Engine (GCE)
Google Compute Engine is the single biggest competitor to Amazon’s AWS. Though Google Compute Engine is very much similar to Amazon’s AWS but in some aspects such as software-defined networking (SDN), it can even beat AWS not only on the pricing but also on the performance as well. Just like Amazon, Google’s cloud infrastructure was originally developed with an aim to support their own business products such as Gmail, Google search and many more. So far, Google has not taken any aggressive step to dominate in the cloud computing market, but sooner or later, we can expect it from Google, considering the current IT trends.
#3 Microsoft Azure
Gartner’s reports predict that Microsoft Azure may be the second most widely-used cloud storage service after the unrivalled leader, AWS. It also says that Microsoft’s Azure boasts more than a trillion objects and is growing with a rapid pace even after a relatively late start compared to other cloud service providers.
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Initially, Microsoft’s Azure launched as a PaaS platform however in 2013, it adds IaaS functionality. And, today, it not only offers all-inclusive cloud computing services (Iaas, PaaS & SaaS) but also supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks as well. By and large, Microsoft’s Azure offers more than 50 cloud services with an aim to accomplish all the requirements of their clients.
Unlike AWS and GCE, Rackspace is a purely a cloud computing company that offers dedicated application hosting, virtual private servers, monitoring, backup, IaaS, databases and supports services to businesses of all sizes and kinds since 1998 and today it has grown enormously to serve more than 190,000 customers around the world. No doubt, Rackspace is another strong player in two of the most popular forms of cloud computing services namely Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as Service (Paas).
Just like Rackspace, Salesforce is purely into cloud computing. Almost all of its revenue is generated from cloud services. You will be surprised to know that in the first quarter of 2019 fiscal year, SalesForce reported whopping revenue of $13.28 billion.
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