2017 Reviews

Best Cloud Service Providers

Amazon Web Services Highly scalable, complete cloud platform

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

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

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

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

  • 1GB $4/mo.
  • No free trial
Made for:

powerful managed hosting with various managed services.

Not for:

complete cloud ecosystems, interconnected PaaS and IaaS.

VMware Virtualization public cloud with hybrid capabilities

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. 

Red Hat Open cloud technology for enterprise clients

Made for:

users preferring open-source networks and Linux systems.

Not for:

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

Oracle Cloud Integrated public cloud for business applications

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.

Verizon Cloud Managed enterprise solution through Verizon's global network

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.

Navisite Hosting, app management, and DaaS by Times Warner Cable

Made for:

managed cloud, strong Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) capabilities. 

Not for:

integrated IaaS and PaaS platform, comprehensive suite of computing tools. 

Expert Interviews

"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
AndPlus
"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