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April 2017, Vol. 6, No. 4

Specialty IaaS cloud providers meet unique IT demands

It's tough to deny Amazon Web Services' dominance in the public cloud market. But despite Amazon's growth, and that of the other two cloud vendors that make up the Big Three -- Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform -- some IT pros opt to use smaller, specialty IaaS cloud providers. AWS now accounts for more than 40% of the global infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service markets, according to data from Synergy Research Group. Microsoft Azure, Google and IBM -- the next three biggest players in terms of market share -- combine for 23%. The growth of these hyperscale cloud providers has, to some extent, been at the expense of smaller IaaS providers. Synergy's data shows what it calls a "very long tail" of small- and medium-sized cloud service vendors whose market share, collectively, has slipped to 18%. And while that trend may continue, IT pros cite a number of reasons -- ranging from greater billing transparency to virtual server configuration options -- that prompt them to look beyond the Big Three. Standing out...

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