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10 Top cloud service providers: a quick comparison

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The worldwide cloud market is dominated by four cloud service providers: Alibaba in China and Asia-Pacific, and AWS, Microsoft, and Google in other countries. 

Smaller cloud services providers are primarily utilized in scenarios that require tailored support for legacy services, or have particular location requirements that the cloud giants cannot fulfill. Overall, the cloud market leaders provide an extensive range of solutions for different use cases by fulfilling the needs of high performance, availability, security and support.  

Many big companies have already adopted cloud solutions and have a broad range of IaaS and PaaS workloads, including application deployments in the cloud. Yet, some smaller companies are in the process of migration to the cloud and are looking for the best cloud provider to migrate to. This article will look at the strengths and weaknesses of the top cloud infrastructure and platform leaders that are identified by Gartner

 In this detailed article, I’ll review the most popular cloud providers, their cloud offerings, and which cloud provider you should choose for your cloud services, from a developer perspective. 

The top 10 cloud market leaders are: AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, Oracle, IBM, and Tencent Cloud. In the following Google Trends chart, you can compare the search popularity of the cloud providers in Google Search. 

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AWS

A subsidiary of Amazon and founded in 2006, AWS is a leader amongst cloud service providers.  It is one of the first cloud computing platforms that became widely available. 

AWS Cloud Offerings

AWS has over 175 cloud services for a broad range of use cases and industries. The top Amazon most used services are: Amazon EC2 (compute capacity), Amazon RDS (relational database), Amazon S3 (cloud storage), Amazon CloudFront (content delivery service) and Amazon Glacier (web storage service). EC2 allows Amazon customers to use virtual computer clusters that are available all the time. Most services are not exposed directly to end users, however, they do provide functionality via APIs for developers to use within apps. 

AWS Cost

AWS fees are based on a pay-as-you-go model, depending on the hardware and software or networking options chosen. Subscribers can pay for a single virtual AWS computer or computer cluster. In subscription terms, Amazon provides security for the ordered systems. 

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure holds a strong second place after AWS. The company provides a broad range of enterprise-focused services. Every quarter Microsoft Azure releases tens of products, services and enhancements resulting from research and development initiatives, made over multiple years. Azure offers the ability to instantly provision computing resources on-demand and is the best-in-class in the hybrid cloud among other cloud vendors.

Microsoft Azure’s Cloud Offerings

Microsoft Azure has over 600 services. Azure offers VMs as a part of its IaaS offering, Active Directory to synchronise on-premise directories, and enables single sign-on. The company also provides mobile engagement with real-time analytics and tracking of user behaviors and storage services, as well as data management tools such as Azure Data Explorer, Azure SQL Database, Severless, CDN, Azure AI, Azure Blockahung Workbench, Azure IoT and other services.

Google Cloud

Google Cloud has third place on Gartner’s Magic Quadrant of cloud providers, after AWS and Microsoft Azure. In the last year, Google Cloud has substantially increased it’s hybrid and multi-cloud workload using Antos which allows users to manage workloads on Google, AWS and Azure. Besides, Firebase, a Google-purchased cloud mobile Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS), has grown quite rapidly and became widely adopted by developers. Firebase remains a highly-demanded BaaS platform despite it being run on the top of Google Cloud.

Google Cloud Offerings

The Google Cloud platform offers 100 products that can be grouped into six categories: storage, databases, computing and hosting (servers, containers VMs), networking (VPC, load balancing, cloud DNS), big data (Big Query for data analysis, Dataflow for batch and streaming data processing), and machine learning (AI platform). 

Alibaba Cloud

As per Gartner’s report, Alibaba Cloud holds a solid fourth place amongst cloud service providers, after AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. Founded in 2009 to deliver platform support to the Alibaba Group, it is now selling different cloud offerings to businesses worldwide. 

Alibaba Cloud Cloud Offerings

Alibaba Cloud provides PaaS and IaaS. It uses both Xen and KVM (Kernel-based virtual machine) hypervisors that are a part of Alibaba’s cloud architecture for creating VM’s (virtual machines) that use the Elastic Compute Service. Alibaba also offers an Object Storage service, a CDN (content delivery network), a Docker-based Cloud Container Service, a pre-configured private cloud Apsara Stack, several database services based on Apsara DB, and a Cloud Intelligence Brain (an AI platform).

Oracle Cloud

We’re a cloud technology company that provides organizations around the world with computing infrastructure and software to help them innovate, unlock efficiencies and become more effective.

We also created the world’s first – and only – autonomous database to help organize and secure our customers’ data. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers higher performance, security, and cost savings.

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It is designed so businesses can move workloads easily from on-premises systems to the cloud, and between cloud and on-premises and other clouds. Oracle Cloud applications provide business leaders with modern applications that help them innovate, attain sustainable growth, and become more resilient.

The work we do is not only transforming the world of business–it’s helping defend governments, and advance scientific and medical research. From nonprofits to companies of all sizes, millions of people use our tools to streamline supply chains, make HR more human, quickly pivot to a new financial plan, and connect data and people around the world.

At work, we embrace diversity, encourage personal and professional growth, and celebrate a global team of passionate people developing innovative technologies that help people and companies tackle real-world problems head-on.

IBM Cloud

IBM Cloud ranks sixth among the cloud providers. Instead of competing head-on against the major cloud service providers, IBM has doubled down on Red Hat (a company acquired by IBM in 2019, which provides open-source products for enterprises) to expedite hybrid cloud services across its offerings. The acquisition of Red Hat equipped IBM Cloud with a technology base that includes security and portability across multiple clouds, and enables IBM to scale its resources and capabilities. IBM hopes to increase Red Hat sales twofold in the next three years.

IBM Cloud Offerings

IBM lists 174 cloud services for AI and ML, analytics, containers, databases, developer tools, IoT, logging and monitoring, networking, storage, and security. 

Tencent Cloud

Tencent Cloud is one of the leading cloud providers in the world with a focus on helping global enterprises succeed in China. With an extensive presence across China, global engagement teams based around the world, and decades of experience deeply rooted in delivering optimal digital engagement to its massive user base, Tencent Cloud offers a powerful and robust cloud solution that is specifically designed to address unique challenges faced by enterprises as they expand into China.

Tencent Cloud is part of a rich digital ecosystem that includes some of China’s top social, messaging, mobile payment, gaming, digital literature, music streaming, and video platforms. With over a billion users, Tencent is a global technology leader and the largest technology company in Asia.

Go to market faster in China with the leading China native cloud solution that provides less complexity and more certainty for success.

Accenture

Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services—all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers.

Our 500,000+ people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities.

Capgemini

Capgemini is a global leader in partnering with companies to transform and manage their business by harnessing the power of technology. The Group is guided everyday by its purpose of unleashing human energy through technology for an inclusive and sustainable future.

It is a responsible and diverse organization of 270,000 team members in nearly 50 countries. With its strong 50 year heritage and deep industry expertise, Capgemini is trusted by its clients to address the entire breadth of their business needs, from strategy and design to operations, fueled by the fast evolving and innovative world of cloud, data, AI, connectivity, software, digital engineering and platforms. The Group reported in 2020 global revenues of €16 billion.

Rackspace

At Rackspace Technology, we accelerate the value of the cloud during every phase of digital transformation. By managing apps, data, security and multiple clouds, we are the best choice to help customers get to the cloud, innovate with new technologies and maximize their IT investments.

As a recognized Gartner Magic Quadrant leader, we are uniquely positioned to close the gap between the complex reality of today and the promise of tomorrow. Passionate about customer success, we provide unbiased expertise, based on proven results, across all the leading technologies. And across every interaction worldwide, we deliver Fanatical Experience TM — the best customer service experience in the industry. Rackspace has been honored by Fortune, Forbes, Glassdoor and others as one of the best places to work.

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