Cloud services are becoming increasingly popular these days. Cloud services have made it very easy for businesses and individuals to use computing resources such as virtual machines, databases, memory, processing, messaging ect at a very reasonable cost. Cloud services have matured over time and are now more reliable, secure and cost effective. Today, it is incredibly difficult and expensive to build your own data centres. It makes sense of big corporations to transition to cloud computing as they no longer have to spend millions of dollars to build their own data centers. You no longer have to worry about complex networking, monitoring of servers, updating the software etc. Everything is done for you automatically in the cloud.
Even if you try to build your own data center you wouldn’t be able to scale it to the level of the industry leaders like Amazon web services and Google cloud computing. These companies have spent billions of dollars to improve their software, hardware, and their Global infrastructure. Also, Cloud companies make it incredibly easy for enterprises to shift to the cloud. This helps companies focus more on their business goals and operations and less on infrastructure. That can be handled by the providers specialized in the area.
Cloud services provide the best possible uptime and monitoring. Their global infrastructure makes it easier for businesses to serve customers internationally. You can instantly add or remove computing resources such as servers, databases, and storage with just a few clicks. Cloud services have made it easy for individuals and hobbyists to access high-end computing resources at a very effective cost. This wasn’t the case in the early days. Only big corporations had access to such technology. The cloud is always the best solution as there is no upfront cost or investment. You only pay for what you use. You don’t have to pay extra for the termination of resources. Scaling up or down is also easy. Overall it makes sense to go with the cloud then building your own data center. Cloud services make it really easy for businesses to run smoothly and increase revenue.
Today there are 100s of Cloud providers out there each competing with one another for market share. If you search on Google keywords like Cloud computing or VPS(Virtual private servers) the first 10 results you’ll see will be ads. This tells us the level of competition between these cloud providers. With so many cloud providers out three, it can often be challenging which one to consider for your project. In this article, we have some listed 4 top cloud providers that we personally use and trust. You can try all of them for free as all of them provide free trials to test their services. Alright, let’s go ahead.
The first one in our list is Microsoft Azure.
Azure was released by Microsoft in 2010 which is a decade ago. Microsoft Azure provides a wide variety of services in different domains. Azure is the best option for businesses that run on the Windows server. The licensing cost of Windows servers is much less on Azure compared to other cloud providers. You also get three years of security update when you shift to the SQL server for free. Azure claims that more than 95% of the fortune 500 companies use their platform.
It offers a 12 months free trial to all its customers. This free trial includes most of the popular services on Azure so you can test them out and then decide if Azure is the platform you want to go with. Overall it’s a solid platform with great availability in around 140 countries/regions. We highly recommend Azure if your business runs on windows servers. You will find the best support along with the best price.
The next cloud provide on our list Google Cloud
The Google cloud platform or GCP for short is a collection of various cloud computing services that Google uses itself to run it’s own end-user products such as Youtube, Google Photos, and Gmail. Google is spending a lot of resources to make sure their cloud platform is the fastest, most powerful, and reliable. When you shift to GCP it is almost certain that your business sits on a Future-Proof infrastructure. As of 2020, GCP is available in 24 regions across the globe and owns about 8% of the total market share. Google Cloud makes it really easy to manage and deploy your code on their platform. They also have the best UI among all the cloud provides. It’s very user-friendly and navigating to locate different services is easy.
The Google cloud is categorized into different platforms such as Google App Engine, Google cloud storage, Google compute engine, Google cloud datastore, Google big query, and Google Cloud SQL. Google also offers top-notch AI services such as the Vision API, Video Intelligence, Cloud Speech API, Auto ML, and much more. Suffice to say, Google is a solid platform. It has everything you need and it will help you get your business up and running quickly. Like Azure, GCP also provides you with a free trial for 12 months.
Amazon Web Services
Amazon web services is a cloud service platform from the e-commerce giant Amazon. Launched in 2006, it was the first cloud provider in the world to capture a significant portion of the market. For nearly two years after it’s launch AWS didn’t have any competition. AWS has been the market leader for almost 13 years. According to the statistics, it has captured around 33% of the total market share.
AWS has a huge and growing array of cloud services which are strongly familiar to many developers. These include Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2), Elastic Beanstalk, Simple Storage Service (S3) and Relational Database Service (RDS). AWS by far offers the highest number of cloud services on their platform. Around 200+ to be exact. In comparison, Google offers only 50. All the cloud services provided by Aws are just as good as the ones provided by GCP and Microsoft Azure so no compromises there.
The number of data centers owned by AWS is much more compared to any other cloud provider. So in terms of global reach, Aws clearly wins. Aws is not the best cost-effective solution out there but that shouldn’t stop you from trying their services. AWS offers a 12 month free for all their customers who want to try out their infrastructure.
DigitalOcean is a much smaller cloud provider compared to all the three mentioned above. DigitalOcean does not have as many services like Google Cloud, AWS, or Azure in its arsenal but it has all the necessary ones. It provides you virtual private servers, managed databases, load balancers, storage objects, and Kubernetes clusters.
For just $5 you can get a VPS with 1vCPU, 1Gb RAM, and 2 TB bandwidth. Something similar on Google Cloud or AWS will easily cost you above $25+. DigitalOcean is the most cost-effective solution out of all the cloud providers mentioned in this article. It has data centers in major countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and India. Digitalocean gives you $100 dollars free credit for 3 months to test their platform. For small businesses with minimum cloud requirements, DigitalOcean is the best solution.
We hope this article will help you choose the best cloud provider for your needs. Cloud computing is slowly paving its way into both big and small businesses. One should wisely consider the specific needs of his/her business and then choose the best cloud provider accordingly. Right now AWS is the top provider after Google followed by Azure.