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Cloud computing has been making steep inroads in the wake of the pandemic all across the world. Be it infrastructure, software, products, or services, cloud providers have found a unique way to serve it all to their customers via the cloud.

It is not without reason too. Here is why cloud computing has gained so much traction over the years –

  • It is scalable and dependable. You can upscale and downscale your resources conveniently.
  • It allows businesses to cut down costs (both operational and fixed) by eliminating the need for acquiring infrastructure and a host of software.
  • Availability is a non-issue with cloud computing. It offers upto 99.99% uptime and ensures smooth operations throughout.
  • It provides automatic updates to its users pertaining to OS, databases, software, and more.
  • It offers a barrage of artificial intelligence chops to help you leverage your business activities.

This article discusses the top 5 cloud services providers for your business in 2021.

  1. AWS (Amazon Web Services)

Around the end of 2020, 76% of IT professionals across the world were running on AWS. Surprisingly (or not so), another 12% are also experimenting with their apps on the same platform.

It was AWS that started the cloud technology revolution back in 2008. The first enterprise to offer cloud computing chops to the business world, it today provides a flurry of cloud-based products, such as AWS Data Transfer, AWS Key Management Service, CloudTrail, and Elastic Compute Cloud.

Its persistent growth and evolution has made it difficult for the competition to catch up with its upward trajectory.

  1. Microsoft Azure

The year 2020 saw 69% of IT experts running their apps on Microsoft Azure.

Image Source – Microsoft Azure Home Page

As we know it today, Microsoft Azure was launched in 2010 as Windows Azure. They subsequently renamed it in 2014. It is one of the fastest-growing cloud providers and has recently won a USD 10 billion government contract in the US.

Azure offers effortless scalability and provides a plethora of highly secure services, such as Mixed Reality, Migration, Storage, Networking, and Windows Virtual Desktop. It has a hypervisor enabling it to differentiate between OS and CPU effortlessly for better availability of storage and optimization.

  1. Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

The 2021 Cloud Report from Cockroach Labs rated Google Cloud Platform as the best performing IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service). As per the report, it offered the best single-core performance and had the highest throughput amongst all the providers.

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The Google Cloud Platform primarily finds usage for Google Search and YouTube, and it offers machine learning, artificial intelligence, data storage, and data analysis services to its users.

  1. IBM Cloud Services

IBM is one of the oldest players in the computer landscape. They are also one of the best and most reliable cloud providers across the world. The IBM Cloud is known for its agility and ability to help users find growth opportunities, leverage operational capabilities, and eliminate complex problems with utmost ease.

Image Source – IBM Cloud Home Page

IBM Cloud Services specializes in blockchain, IoT, cognitive computing, and hybrid solutions that offer comprehensive use cases. Users can also integrate cloud communications and services with the help of IBM Bluemix to make it more efficient. 

47 of the Fortune 50 companies trust IBM Cloud for their business processes. 10 of the largest banks rely on it, so do the 8 of the 10 largest airlines worldwide.

  1. Alibaba Cloud

The Chinese tech giant Alibaba has its cloud services placed amongst the best in the industry. Founded in 2009, they initially deployed it only for the company’s e-commerce ecosystem. Later, when it scaled, it was opened for the public. It caters primarily to US and European audiences.

Image Source – Alibaba Cloud Home Page

The Alibaba Cloud offers elastic computing, monitoring and management, apsara stack, IoT, and several other services to its clientele, making it a viable option for businesses looking for a holistic scale-up.

Which Cloud Provider Should You Choose?

If cloud supremacy were a thing, AWS would be the undoubted leader. But Azure is making sharp upticks and is giving a tough competition. Google Cloud is another viable option known for its simplicity, whereas IBM is one of the most reliable providers you are likely to find. Alibaba is great for scaling. 

You need to choose one that goes in sync with your business needs. Choosing either of the top five cloud providers won’t be a terrible deal for your business endeavors.