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Specialty IaaS cloud providers meet unique IT demands
This article is part of the Modern Infrastructure issue of April 2017, Vol. 6, No. 4
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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