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Best Cloud Service Providers - 2017 Reviews

Last updated May 23, 2018

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  • Navisite

    Hosting, app management, and DaaS by Times Warner Cable

    "The DaaS solution has been one of the primary differentiators of NaviSite."

    • Marketing Technology Manager, DoubleHorn
    Made for:

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

    Not for:

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

  • Vultr

    Cloud servers for compute instances and block storage

    "It is quite convenient to use and easy to configure, also it has many options."

    • Director, IT
    Made for:

    users seeking cloud servers for compute instances and block storage, or those needing a dedicated cloud server

    Not for:

    VPS services or simple website tools

  • GigeNET

    Advanced cloud hosting options for VMs

    "We use cloud Hosting that helps with IT needs and the support function as well with monitoring..."

    • Owner
    Made for:

    users seeking managed cloud services and colocation

    Not for:

    simple web hosting or users seeking budget services

  • "The price is justified by their level of reliability and technical support."

    • CEO, Consulting Firm
    Made for:

    Companies looking for custom pricing plans.

    Not for:

    Firms that need instant provisioning. 

  • e24cloud

    IaaS provider with cloud server and object storage

    "It has more control, high availability and scalability, and has full flexibility and efficiency. "

    • Manager, IT
    Made for:

    users seeking cloud servers with advanced configurations

    Not for:

    simple web hosting tools and services, integrated applications

  • ElasticHosts

    Computing provider with cloud servers, containers, and VPS features

    "We use every one of the features. It performs very well."

    • Director, Human Resources
    Made for:

    engineers and developers needing a robust cloud environment with Linux operations

    Not for:

    non-technical users seeking simple hosting services and tools


    Web hosting and cloud servers with public and private options

    "Vexxhost has performed extremely well and has met and sometimes exceeded our expectations."

    • Owner
    Made for:

    developers with enterprise-grade data and infrastructure needs

    Not for:

    simple web hosting tools integrated with domain functions

  • LayerStack

    Public cloud with data centers across Asia run on OpenStack®

    Made for:

    Firms interested in an easily deployable IaaS with multisite load balancing.

    Not for:

    Businesses looking for a private cloud hosting.

  • Made for:

    High Performances & Customized Cloud Services for businesses of all sizes. Scalable with 24/7 support and a 30 Day Free Trial. All SSDS with Unlimited traffic.

    Not for:

    Users that like to compromise on performance and pay more.

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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