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Best Cloud Service Providers - 2017 Reviews

Last updated Apr 11, 2018

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  • Amazon Web Services

    Highly scalable, complete cloud platform

    "[AWS] is effectively documented, has seamless integrations and has the most widespread tools and services available..."

    • Director of Growth, Intuz
    Made for:

    cost-effective cloud tools for business operations, high scalability and availability.

    Not for:

    users seeking open-source, operating without internal management.

  • Microsoft Azure

    IaaS and PaaS computing for development, deployment, and management

    "The whole of Microsoft has been re-tooled to cloud first. I can’t say that for any other organization."

    • Founder and CEO, Phidiax
    Made for:

    enterprise clients familiar with Microsoft products, robust development and deployment.

    Not for:

    managed cloud, or those unfamiliar with Microsoft products.

  • Google Cloud Platform

    Developer products and cloud technologies hosted by Google

    "Two words: “power” and “simplicity”, were the ultimate combination that has pushed our company towards Google’s Clou..."

    • Chief Technology Officer, QArea
    Made for:

    developers seeking a streamlined cloud ecosystem for development and deployment. 

    Not for:

    user seeking a managed cloud platform, simple cloud-based tasks.

  • IBM Cloud

    Multifaceted cloud offerings for business operations

    "IBM cloud provides more scalability and reliability with high-end security. It is used for data storage..."

    • Associate, IT
    Made for:

    business users seeking, bare metal servers, infrastructure, and analytics tools.

    Not for:

    minimal cloud functions, simple storage and computing needs. 

  • Rackspace

    Dedicated servers and infrastructure services

    "Rackspace handles so much that it's hard to imagine our business running smoothly without them..."

    • Vice President, Administration
    Made for:

    powerful managed hosting with various managed services.

    Not for:

    complete cloud ecosystems, interconnected PaaS and IaaS.

  • GoDaddy

    Small business tools for website domains, hosting, and cloud tools

    "GoDaddy has performed wonderfully..."

    • Executive, IT
    Made for:

    small businesses seeking website tools such as domains, hosting, and basic cloud services

    Not for:

    enterprise clients, those seeking extensive control of cloud services

  • Verizon Cloud

    Managed enterprise solution through Verizon's global network

    "We felt they understood our customers and the need to keep our data secure."

    • Vice President, IT
    Made for:

    enterprise infrastructure and computing integrated with telecommunication tools, those familiar with the Terremark platform.

    Not for:

    cost-conscious clients, streamlined cloud, or robust DaaS.

  • VMware

    Virtualization public cloud with hybrid capabilities

    "VMware has the best 3rd party applications and support, and is the gold standard in virtualization."

    • Senior Engineer and Virtualization Specialist, Stratosphere Networks
    Made for:

    ongoing testing and deployment of applications, users familiar with vSphere. 

    Not for:

    simple, private computing platform, or those without a need for virtualization. 

  • Oracle Cloud

    Integrated public cloud for business applications

    "Oracle cloud has increased business agility, lowered costs and reduced complexity..."

    • Manager, IT
    Made for:

    enterprise-grade cloud computing capabilities, including SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS.

    Not for:

    single-user or small business user client, simple turnkey cloud solution.

  • 1&1

    Website and hosting tools with cloud options

    "Overall we are happy with 1and1.com, they have allowed us more control and flexibility than our previous host arrang..."

    • Manager, IT
    Made for:

    small business users seeking web tools with hosting options

    Not for:

    enterprise clients seeking servers with advanced configuration tools

  • DigitalOcean

    Simplified cloud servers for development

    "It has been great so far, we expect they will grow even bigger."

    • Director, Sales
    Made for:

    users seeking a simple, robust cloud server platform with high scalability

    Not for:

    simple website hosting tools 

  • Red Hat

    Open cloud technology for enterprise clients

    "Red hat was chosen for the cost and flexibility. It's used for security of data..."

    • Associate, IT
    Made for:

    users preferring open-source networks and Linux systems.

    Not for:

    turnkey service with a complete set of cloud services and tools.

  • MageCloud eCommerce

    Platform enabling magneto development.

    "As a result [of MageCloud], our feedback cycle has dramatically improved."

    • Analytics Consultant, IT Consultancy
    Made for:

    Business owners who want to build or migrate to a Magento store.

    Not for:

    Users seeking eCommerce platforms other than Magento.

  • "[T]he thing that has helped me the most is their root-level web host manager control panel."

    • Systems Admin, Evil Brain Trust, LTD
    Made for:

    Users looking for real-time redundancy 

    Not for:

    Companies looking for a standard SLA.

  • CloudSigma

    International IaaS provider with hosting and computing features

    "I'm glad that CloudSigma exists because they protected my data for a long time, which also benefited my organization..."

    • Vice President, IT
    Made for:

    developers seeking a robust cloud environment with PaaS capabilities

    Not for:

    simple website services and hosting tools

  • Hyve

    Enterprise-level cloud and infrastructure tools

    "Hyve has performed much better than our previous product and the benefits are numerous..."

    • Senior Manager, Administration
    Made for:

    complex users seeking a managed service for mission-critical and secure functions

    Not for:

    small business clients needing a simple web or cloud hosting service

  • Ubiquity Hosting

    Bare Metal and cloud servers, web hosting, collocation services

    "It has performed great and really helped improve our organization."

    • Manager, IT
    Made for:

    businesses seeking infrastructure options including bare metal or cloud servers

    Not for:

    simple web hosting services and tools

  • "They’re very supportive and cooperative."

    • Founder, adityabhavsar.com
    Made for:

    Companies with WordPress hosting needs.

    Not for:

    Firms looking for a free trial.

  • Togglebox

    VPS hosting and customized cloud servers

    "We had many other choices but Togglebox had the most flexible and low-cost solutions for cloud servers. "

    • Manager
    Made for:

    those seeking Linux cloud servers or requiring web host migration tools

    Not for:

    application integration with CMS tools,or simple web hosting

  • Atlantic.net

    Cloud VPS hosting and servers

    "We use all of the features. It has performed exceptionally for us."

    • Senior Manager, IT
    Made for:

    IT and Dev-Ops Managers seeking fully redundant SSD with SLA guarantees

    Not for:

    Simple website tools with web hosting services

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Expert Interviews
"Nothing is perfectly secure and I would never say a silver bullet exists in terms of security because there is always a degree of risk. But, in almost every case, the perceived risk of moving to the cloud is greater than the actual risk. It is almost always true that a cloud provider like AWS is tremendously more secure than what a client had in their own IT department. The kind of security practices, ISO certifications, infrastructure, and equipment that cloud providers have in their data centers is typically lightyears beyond what an individual organization and IT department is able to achieve."
Derek Watson
"Cloud is elastic by its nature and seems to be an ideal choice for big data or data analysis. At the same time, the cloud’s distributed nature can be problematic for big data scaling. It is challenging to make storage perform to a level which enables this kind of distributed computing. Storage is the biggest reason why people wouldn’t use the cloud for big data processing. It is necessary to watch closely over scaling capacity since the data grows quickly in size, and it can be necessary to scale the storage just as quickly. When building an infrastructure on top of any cloud provider or host, companies should consider storage performance in a highly-virtualized distributed cloud. "
Volodymyr Fedak
CEO, IT Svit
"When a company deploys a new cloud solution, they may immediately begin granting privileges. While cloud providers may know how to protect their data centers, companies themselves need to focus on how to protect the data and access to those services. This requires an understanding of how encryption works, how and where data is stored, compliances from a load perspective, who has access to it, and who manages that access. These are the most important factors of managing security on these platforms. Each platform has its own tools and mechanisms for security management."
Tomasz Onyszko
CTO, Predica
"The last part of the puzzle is to think about whether to use Amazon, Google, or Microsoft. The customer could prefer Azure, or AWS [Amazon Web Services], but vendor lock-in is something to consider. If we get into the Microsoft ecosystem or the Amazon one, we’ll be stuck really hard. We do ask clients if they’re sure of their choices and ensure that there is a right level of leverage to be had from the cloud provider, but that they don’t get too deep into it, too early. They should wait until they know where their market and customers are going."
Haresh Kumbhani
CEO & Founder, Zymr
"A lot of companies running internal legacy systems eventually encounter some kind of scaling related issue. It becomes very difficult to manage those environments, especially if you have unpredictable growth. They aren’t usually architected with sufficient flexibility. As a result, those systems can eventually fail under the weight of their own success. Cloud solutions like AWS are frequently the right choice for these companies unless they have extremely stringent security requirements."
Will Farrell
Lead Software Architect, MojoTech
"We have used AWS and Google Cloud for different reasons within different projects. Sometimes, the client will ask for a specific platform because of business reasons or based on their prior experience and trust in one platform or another. Most of the time, we aim to choose the right platform for the right solution. Google Cloud and AWS provide very similar services, but they are different enough to be matched against a solution we are trying to build."
Amin Yazdani Salekdeh
Director of Technology, A.Y. Technologies
"Microsoft Azure's Power BI is far superior to the new analytics offering from AWS. It's established in the market, has great pricing, and has an embedded streaming analytics for the IoT Hub, allowing for real-time data and integration for statistical modeling. Azure has functions that match up with AWS Lambda, so they're comparable in this regard. Both platforms will go back-and-forth and leapfrog each other in terms of pricing and functionalities. They're much more on-par than they were a year ago."
David Hickman
Vice President of Delivery, Menlo Technologies
"Azure definitely has a substantial advantage of being vertically-integrated in terms of the code being written. But I can't write off Amazon entirely, given that they have a dazzling array of services, including email, message queuing, machine learning, data platforms, and so on. All the platforms draw their best ideas off of each other. We try to evaluate people's internal proficiency on how to build and maintain their platforms..."
Chris Deprofio and Tom Golden
"If a load isn't consistent, being able to scale up and down is a big benefit. With a traditional infrastructure, a client will buy a bunch of servers, pay a big amount upfront, and that will be the sum of their resources. With the cloud, the infrastructure can be architected so that, as the load scales back, the amount of available systems and consumed resources can be reduced, with a reduced cost in the end."
Lele Calò and Josh Williams
End Point
"Microsoft came late to the cloud market compared to Amazon and Google, but they have become as competitive in terms of pricing as the other cloud platforms. We have a level of comfort in running apps like Microsoft Office and SharePoint in an environment that is being provided by their manufacturer. There's a security and compatibility level which come from knowing that we're dealing with one vendor that supports all the products that we need for daily business operations."
Mani S. and Raymond Shupak
Techminds Group LLC
"The most attractive aspect of cloud providers is their packaged services. A client doesn't have to install MySQL on a server, they instead get something which works like MySQL. They can plug into it by clicking a button. Even regular Microsoft SQL servers are available at the click of a button ... These are all attractive prospects, but the underlying issue about them is that they lead to platform buy-ins."
Brandon Papworth
Director of Web Development at Dom & Tom
"The cloud allows users to do things which could have never been done before within an on-premises environment. This ties to the DevOps paradigm of doing everything automatically, without human interaction. The cloud allows for automation and a more-or-less infinite resource pool, giving users access to many more automated mechanisms than would have been available in a standard, on-premises environment."
Leonid Feinberg
VP of Product at CloudEndure
"Azure is an ideal solution for hosting and developing .NET applications, as well as using the Microsoft-recommended technologies for such an application. Azure automatically provides integration with development tools and gives management abilities that are usually not permitted by other platforms. It also has a good scalability mechanism. Web applications created on .NET work best on Azure."
Alexey Trigolos and Nikolay Karzhan
Elinext Group
"The key challenges usually involve achieving improvements in competitiveness, compliance and operational efficiency. We had a number of projects when we have analyzed old platforms and adopted their functionalities for use in modern environments...We’re not simply migrating old tech applications into the cloud, but rather adopt new technologies with the same functionality and abilities for end-users."
Alexander Lipanov
CEO and President at Softarex Technologies Inc
"At a macro level, because of the immediate-access nature of the cloud, clients can select say an infrastructure server, pick the size and other resources through a few clicks; they're immediately up-and-running. That’s the beauty of the cloud. Units of measurement at a low price-point can be quickly accessed by anyone with a credit card and access to a web browser...If someone in a line-of-business needs to develop an app for marketing or another function, they'll have access to a multitude of tech services in the cloud."
Deirdre Mahon and Andrew Atkinson
Cloud Cruiser
"If a company takes its existing applications and moves them to the cloud, they'll probably pay much more for the service, without gaining a lot. The applications need to be elastic, growing and shrinking based on needs. Another issue will be management. When moving to the cloud, they need to get used to an entirely new set of tools. For example, the mindset by which cost is an operational metric and not a financial one is something they'll need to get used to. This is a question of maturity."
Vittaly Tavor
Co-Founder and VP of Product at Cloudyn
"Once we've created a robust problem statement, we'll look for the best provider of such services. If the client isn't specifically interested in the technology itself and they simply want a service, we will probably opt for a Rackspace datacenter....If the client is looking for a quick and cost-effective solution, we'll choose AWS. Otherwise, if they're excited about mirroring their infrastructure, specifically if they are an application developer, we will choose an Azure marketplace."
Raymond Garren
Managing Partner, Midwest Cloud Computing