Evaluate public IaaS options for your organization

Last updated:December 2017

Buyer's Guide

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Editor's note

The public infrastructure-as-a-service market has seen enormous growth in recent years. In fact, a 2017 Gartner report stated that the IaaS public cloud service market grew as much as 31% in 2016 alone. And as the market expands, public cloud providers continue to roll out new services at a dizzying pace.

With so many options becoming available to consumers, enterprises must ensure that the public IaaS vendors they choose not only meet their infrastructure and budget requirements but are also feature-rich, with options to adopt emerging technologies, like AI and machine learning.

This buyer's guide can help you understand how public IaaS functions, evaluate potential benefits and risks and break down vendors' key features to choose the one that's right for your needs. While Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google and Microsoft currently dominate the public IaaS market, smaller and more niche vendors are beginning to emerge, and buyers should learn more about what they offer as well.

1The case to adopt public IaaS

Discover the various business cases for which an organization would want to implement public IaaS and how different platforms address different needs.

2What to look for in a public IaaS platform

Learn about the general features and capabilities that public IaaS vendors should possess and what to look for when evaluating which platform would be most suitable for your organization.

3Compare public IaaS features to make the best buy

Public cloud providers all claim to provide things like high availability and performance, but how exactly they deliver on those promises can differ.

4Break down leading public IaaS provider options

While some are more well-known than others, the public cloud market offers a range of vendors for buyers to consider. Read this in-depth overview of some of the top options available, and get a sense for their strengths and weaknesses.