Cloud Computing is modern computing paradigm or practice of delivering computing services including but not limited to Storage Space, Database, Data analytics, AI and machine learning, Networking, Developer tools and many more. Cloud Computing practice leverage the computer network and servers hosted on internet or other Value-Added Networks to enable people to use the value it provides on pay-per-use basis. Majority of tech giants like Microsoft, Google, Apple have their own cloud where they handle their own need of ever-growing data management, infrastructural services, software and other different services. Though there are many Cloud Service/Solution Providers (CSPs) in market today, I’m trying to introduce 5 major players you should consider. I’ll be extending the list to go even longer in future.
First in my list is Amazon Web Services (AWS), which is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, offering more than 200 fully featured services from data centers distributed around the world. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, large enterprises, and leading government agencies—are using AWS to lower costs, become more agile, and innovate faster.
Secondly, Google Cloud is another player in the market with its diverse range of services in cloud arena. Google family of products being already dominant, its popularity is everywhere – from Google Photos to Play Store to YouTube and all. You can get different code samples, architectural diagrams, best practices, tutorials, API references by visiting official Documentation Page and learn how to develop, host, train and scale with Google Cloud.
Next in the list is Azure cloud platform, which offers developers with facility to run and manage applications across multiple clouds, on-premises and at the edge, with the tools and frameworks of their choice. Management of various Microsoft stack-based enterprise solutions and technologies is easy never like before with Azure Cloud. Be it scalable hybrid apps or hosting websites or it be Power Platform applications development, Azure can be used for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services with Microsoft data centers.
Fourth in my list is none other than Alibaba Cloud which was founded in 2009 and is providing reliable and secure cloud computing and data processing capabilities. This Chinese company is a global leader in cloud, artificial intelligence and serving thousands of enterprises, developers, and governments organizations in more than 200 countries around the world.
Lastly, DigitalOcean is an America based cloud service providing company which is mainly focused on the web hosting. Digital Ocean’s Cloud gives developers a reliable and easy to use virtual servers and object storage facility. Founded in 2011, their service modules have always kept developers and small business owners in mind. With DigitalOcean, one can have full control of their infrastructure (with products like Droplets and floating IPs) along with products like App Platform, DigitalOcean Load Balancers, and managed databases etc. Their platform is easy to use and straightforward where developers can expand storage or scale their products as per necessity and collaborate with their team as well.
Comparison between all of the CSPs above in single chart: