Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform comes in second. Microsoft is extremely popular with developers that use .NET since it is compatible with its programming language and because of its Visual Studio integration. Azure is mostly developer-focused, with the platform’s goal being to make developers’ jobs easier and allowing them to focus on development of innovative software instead of cumbersome programming. Azure also offers a large marketplace with ready-to-use products for developers as well as a significant partner network. The platform’s data centers are located all over the world, including China, USA, Europe, Brazil and Australia.
IBM Cloud is one of the largest cloud services companies in the world. What helps this company stand out among other cloud companies is its long history and a large number of devoted customers that use traditional IBM products. When the company that uses IBM legacy equipment wants to transition their operations to the cloud, IBM often becomes the natural choice for this transition. The company offers a wide range of services and packages for clients with all levels of needs. Some of the cloud services IBM provides includes blockchains, databases, integration, developer tools and more.
Google Cloud Platform
Google Cloud Platform is a largely underestimated cloud computing company, according to some experts in the field. It falls quite far behind Amazon, IBM or Microsoft Azure platforms despite its wide range of services and broad technological capabilities. In the last few years the goal of Google Cloud Platform has been to make artificial intelligence available to everyone through its cloud technology. In fact, scientist can use Google’s AI to explore machine learning using content provided by the company.
Alibaba first opened in 2009 as an e-commerce platform and the company only recently began its transition to cloud services that include IaaS and PaaS. Despite its humble 5th place on this list, Alibaba is the leading cloud technology company in China and it is quickly expanding in Asia and the rest of the world. Even though many businesses worry about putting their data and IT operations in a China-based cloud platform, Alibaba is aggressively expanding with its revenue doubling from 2017 to 2018.