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7 Leading Cloud Computing Providers

Amazon    Web Services

  • Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
  • Simple Storage Service (S3)
  • On-demand Database and Messaging services
  • Content Delivery Network

  • Innovative, pay as you go
  • Early entry into market
  • Large capacity computer processing
  • Database management and data center
  • USA, Europe and Asia hosting locations
  • Thought leader and more innovative

  • Support
  • Reliability
  • No managed services
  • Does not offer dedicated servers
  • Missing hybrid offering of private, public combo

AT&T Synaptic Hosting


  • Application hosting
  • Virtual servers
  • Virtual storage
  • Integrated security
  • Integrated networking



  • Built-in infrastructure
  • Data center assets
  • Connectivity and billing systems in place
  • Manage accounts through AT&T portal
  • Brand recognition

  • Inflexible sales and service
  • Response is not proactive
  • May be difficult to connect to non-AT&T


Google Apps

  • Online office productivity software
  • Calendaring
  • Report sharing
  • Website creation
  • Developer app
  • Platform as a Service

  • Accelerates move to SaaS
  • Supports Web security
  • Credible service and application use

  • Limited internal IT use
  • Public cloud is typical
  • Private use limited
  • Limited enterprise level credibility




  • Virtual servers, both Windows and Linux
  • Web-based storage
  • Pre-installed software

  • Windows Server 2008 (latest)
  • Offers 100% uptime agreements

  • Offers individual user accounts, not managed
  • Xen based provider; most enterprise is Vmware
  • Limited global infrastructure and data centers


Microsoft Azure

  • Windows as a service
  • Developer access
  • Build web-based Windows applications

  • Consistency with Windows
  • Corporate resources

  • Packaged software model may not work
  • Late entry


Rackspace Cloud


  • Cloud sites for building websites
  • Cloud files for storage
  • Cloud servers

  • Fanatic support
  • Virtual private server capabilities
  • Hosted data center services
  • Trust and recognition at enterprise level
  • Shared hosting

  • Cloud offerings still separate from managed hosting
  • Best at web-centric apps, not internal enterprise
  • Lagging in enterprise-class solutions


  • CRM tools
  • Sales force automation
  • Application hosting
  • Platform as a Service
  • Application development
  • Analytics
  • Marketing
  • Social networking

  • Pioneered SaaS market
  • Moving to platform as a service offering
  • Quick build of business apps
  • No software or hardware maintenance
  • Economical data center designs

  • Small business focus, may not address large company issues
  • Stand-alone solution, difficult to layer in with IT infrastructure



  • IT infrastructure focus
  • Flexible service model
  • Ready-to-go services
  • Web Solutions
  • Cloud Computing
  • Hosting
  • Content Management

  • Better serves the IT professional
  • Green datacenter focus
  • Cost savings
  • Performance

  • Sales and support staff not efficient due to depth of offering
  • Not fully integrated cloud and managed services
  • Offering more expensive than close competitors

About Mikayel Vardanyan

  • https://blueskywebmarketing.com Richard Andrus

    This is a very useful beginning guide that should lead to other posts. For example, on one of the providers you say “Missing hybrid offering of private, public combo”. It would be useful to know how you see that kind of model working, what benefits it provides, and how it factors in to the industry.

    Excellent post.

  • https://www.tmzvps.com linuxvps

    In general, this makes VPS hosting much more stable than shared hosting. You no longer have to worry about what other customers are doing on your server because you’re now completely isolated from everyone else. With shared hosting, it is not uncommon for your site to go down, because some random customer ran some script that took down the entire server. This won’t happen on a VPS.