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Friday, January 5, 2018


Until few years back, there were not many cloud service providers. Recent trend of businesses to move towards hybrid clouds has seen new entranSts. I compiled a list of top ten cloud service providers. Note that I have not arranged them in any order like “good to bad” or “bad to good”. The list is just the ten most used and useful names in the field. Let us know how you would rate them.

Cloud Computing Services
1] Microsoft Cloud Services

There are many cloud services to the name of Microsoft, including OneDrive, Office 365 and Azure. OneDrive and Office web apps are good. As a storage and sync software, OneDrive is among the most accepted cloud storage service. Azure is good, but people have their own preferences. Going by what I read on the web and elsewhere, Azure has still a long way to go before it gains more customers. What are the changes that Microsoft can make to Azure to sell it more and to sell it across the planet? As of now, I’ve heard they are adding more datacenters to Azure for faster operations.

2] IBM Cloud

IBM cloud has two main offerings:

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and
Cloud Software (Software as a Service – SaaS)
It also offers Platform as a service and calls it BPaaS (Business Platforms as a Service). The company has been assisting people build their own private clouds as well as streamlining these private clouds with public clouds so as to create a hybrid cloud that organizations (clients) can use. The best thing about it is that you do not have to spend much time and money to build and streamline the hybrids.

Because the IBM engineers are experts, they do it fast and they do it cheaper. In my other article about hybrid clouds too, I mentioned IBM being the best option for hybrid clouds as their service is easy to set up and gives you good security for both your private cloud as well as the IBM cloud products.

Note: I will explain SaaS, PaaS and IaaS in a separate article in detail. For now, SaaS is when cloud software is installed on your device for services such as backup and sync etc. PaaS is where the cloud offers you a platform for performing things. Instead of investing into things or customizing them, developers – for example – can develop and test their products on PaaS. Infrastructure as a service is self-explanatory. You do not have to buy and set up infrastructure. You just use the Infrastructure provided by different cloud providers, especially the IBM. Not only that, you can add or reduce things you need and pay only for the things you use, making it the cheapest option for businesses.

3] Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

Basically Platform as a Service (PaaS), the Amazon Elastic Cloud offers a platform for developers and students, a place to develop their apps. It also offers them facilities to test the programs just like the VMWare. From Amazon EC2’s home page:

“Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.”

Talking about Amazon EC2, it is necessary to mention how some hacker created a genuine account with EC2 and used it for Sony Playstation Data Breach. That, however, does not mean that IBM clouds have a weaker security. They employ SSL and keep the processes encrypted all through your session.

4] Citrix Cloud Platform

Another big name in the IT industry, Citrix is now planning to go king size. Check out to see that some wave is about to come. I cannot, at this point, say why it has reserved the domain and asking for email IDs, but I think it would be something that both individuals and businesses can use in addition to their own private cloud. But that is future. Right now, Citrix’s home page says:

“Citrix CloudPlatform, powered by Apache CloudStack, is the industry’s only future-proofed, application-centric cloud solution proven to reliably and efficiently orchestrate both traditional enterprise and cloud-native application workloads within a single unified cloud management platform.”

This statement makes it look like Citrix is oriented more towards hybrids instead of offering a complete public cloud solutions for their clients. I may have interpreted it wrong. Please correct me if so.






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