A cloud platform is more than just a single application. It is often an entire framework for hosting in the cloud, but unlike standard unmanaged hosting, it includes all of the tools you need for quick and efficient cloud deployment. The following cloud services are among the top on the market.
1. Amazon Web Services – The name AWS actually refers to several services that Amazon provides, including its Elastic Compute Cloud, Elastic MapReduce, Virtual Private Cloud, CloundFront CDN, DynamoDB, Glacier and many others.
2. Microsoft Azure – Designed to give you everything you need to launch a cloud platform, Azure relies on Windows Server but even has virtualization support for Linux and other non-Microsoft technology.
3. Rackspace – Rackspace has gained a large following due to its OpenStack cloud platform that it runs itself and also runs freely on a number of other public and private clouds. OpenStack has the backing of many other companies as well, some of whom are even Rackspace competitors.
4. HP Cloud – Like the others on the list, HP offers compute, storage, database and networking in its cloud platform. HP is pushing convergence based on OpenStack technology.
5. IBM SmartCloud – Offering IaaS, SaaS and PaaS, IBM hopes its customers will enjoy the flexibility of public, private and cloud options. It has integrated with OpenStack and a number of other technologies.
This list is by no means exhaustive. There are plenty of other big names like Oracle, Google and Red Hat that deserve consideration. Enterprise cloud is growing rapidly, and you can expect to have plenty of options.