Though there are hundreds (if not thousands) of cloud computing service providers available, there are three major providers that you hear about most frequently: Amazon (AWS), Microsoft (Azure), and Google (Google Cloud Engine). Other forerunners include IBM SmartCloud, Rackspace, and VMWare, but these are smaller and generally engaged for more specific use cases. Most businesses looking for a cloud computing service are going to at least consider the big three -- and there isn't necessarily a clear answer regarding which is the "best." Here is an overview of the three major providers and how they may (or may not) work for your organization.
“The Big 3” Cloud Computing Service Providers
Amazon Web Services is often considered to be the top option, both in terms of cost effectiveness and resources. AWS has been steadily decreasing many of its prices and building out its offerings, including storage and content delivery, computing and networking, databases, and application services. AWS is one of the most stable and reliable cloud computing service providers and its platform has been utilized to develop many major web applications and services. For those who want to be able to manage their cloud services themselves, AWS provides extensive online documentation and training.Microsoft (Azure)
Microsoft Azure has been growing steadily in the last few years as Microsoft has shifted towards its cloud solutions. For a Microsoft-based environment, Microsoft Azure is the perfect solution -- it is easy to deploy and integrate Microsoft solutions through the platform. Microsoft Office provides software-as-a-service through MS Office 365 and data storage through the Microsoft Private Cloud, which has enhanced security features. Both Linux and Windows virtual machines are available through the system.Google (Google Cloud Engine)
Compared to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, the Google Cloud Engine is slightly more niche. It offers software-as-a-service through Google Apps and storage through Google Cloud Storage, but otherwise it isn't intended as a versatile all-in-one enterprise system. Instead it's designed for those who have unique use cases for the Google App Engine that would require deployment within a Google environment. Nevertheless, the Google Cloud Engine is able to provide very scalable, high-performance virtual machines, which can be customized and come with some significant discounts. Because Google bills in minute-level increments, this service may be ideal for those who have relatively inconsistent resource needs.
If you are struggling to select a cloud computing service providers, an MSP may be able to help. MSPs will be able to go over your organization's needs to determine which cloud solutions partner will not only meet your needs but also the most cost-effective for your organization. Contact CWPS to find out more about the right cloud solutions for you.