Top 10 cloud computing companies
It’s no secret that cloud computing adoption is on the rise. Gigabit takes a closer look at 10 of the top cloud computing companies blazing a trail in the technology sector
10 | CenturyLink
Hailing from its headquarters in Monroe, Louisiana, CenturyLink offers a range of solutions spanning communications, network services, security, cloud and more. The firm has 72 data centres located around the world and in the past 12 months it has released 36 major features and products. One prominent client is software firm HighJump. The company wanted to position itself as a leading provider of cloud-based warehouse management software (WMS) without having to develop, host and manage a cloud platform internally. The company selected CenturyLink Cloud and was able to take its existing WMS software to the cloud.
9 | Virtustream
A subsidiary of Dell Technologies, Virtustream is a leading cloud company that strives to deliver the advantages of cloud computing to the enterprise market. In April, the firm partnered with Dell Technologies to migrate and manage Dell’s SAP-based ERP system on Virtustream Enterprise Cloud. “Like our customers, we are driving a transformative and modern multi-cloud strategy to support our dynamic business needs,” said Scott Pittman, senior vice president, Dell Digital’s Office of the CIO. “Virtustream provides the flexibility and scalability needed to quickly extend our cloud, as well as the deep SAP experience and knowledge we need to make timely decisions with our critical ERP systems.
8 | Rackspace
Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Rackspace is a prominent cloud computing and hosting platform with over 100,000 clients. In April, Rackspace announced that it has appointed Kevin Jones as its new Chief Executive Officer. Commenting on his appointment, Jones said that he has “always admired Racker’s passion for providing customers with an unparalleled experience.” He added. “Rackspace is the best partner in the marketplace to help any company decide how to utilise the cloud and get the most out of its cloud applications.”
7 | Fujitsu
Japenese technology giant, Fujitsu, has a broad cloud portfolio that offers everything needed to enable cloud or hybrid IT strategy. The firm is the world’s 7th largest IT services provider and the top in Japan. Beer and soft drink manufacturer, Asahi Group, for instance, used Fujitsu’s cloud offering to co-create a cloud-based sales visualisation system for three of Asahi Group’s Chinese sales centre in Shanghai, Shenzhen and Dalian.
6 | IBM
IBM Cloud offers a vast suite of over 180 products covering everything from data, containers, AI, IoT and blockchain. According to the firm, 47 of the Fortune 50 companies trust IBM Cloud to be their enterprise-grade cloud. In July, IBM closed a landmark deal to acquire Red Hat for $34bn to accelerate its hybrid cloud capability.
5 | Oracle
Led by co-CEOs Mark Hurd and Safra Catz, Oracle has also made its mark on the cloud computing space. In June, the American firm reported better-than-expected results for Q4 2019, noting that Cloud Services and License Support revenues were $6.8bn, while Cloud License and On-Premise License revenues were $2.5 bn. In the same month, Microsoft Corp and Oracle announced an agreement to bridge the gap between Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), which “will only help accelerate the transition from on-premise database to the Autonomous Database service,” said co-Chief Executive Officer Safra Catz.
4 | Alibaba Cloud
Grappling with some of the largest behemoths in the cloud computing industry, in China, it’s Alibaba Cloud which reigns king. In fact, today, the firm is China’s largest public cloud service provider. Yeming Wang, General Manager for EMEAN, Alibaba Cloud, told Gigabit that because it’s vast experience in retail, finance, logistics and more, Alibaba Cloud can show, not just tell, its customers how they can digitally transform their industries with cloud computing. “At an infrastructure level, we can prove we’re reliable,” explains Wang. “Today, Alibaba Group manages more than 1trn US dollars every year and 60-70% of this business is managed on the cloud. Recently we’ve made a strong commitment that we will migrate 100% to the cloud over the next couple of years.”
3 | Google
With customers including Bloomberg, Ticketmaster, Deloitte and eBay, Google also holds its own in the cloud space. Its Google Cloud Platform (GCP)is considered to be the third biggest cloud provider in terms of revenue behind AWS and Microsoft Azure respectively. In July, Google announced that it will soon acquire Elastifile, a provider of scalable, enterprise file storage for the cloud. After the deal is closed, Elastifile will join Google Cloud.
2 | Microsoft
Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Microsoft Azure, was first launched in 2010 and it’s now a crucial revenue-generator for the firm. Microsoft says that 95% of Fortune 500 companies use the Microsoft Cloud. For instance, in 2018, automotive giant Volkswagen announced that it was partnering with Microsoft to develop the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud, powered by Microsoft Azure. “Volkswagen is harnessing technology to digitally transform and deliver innovative new connected car services to its customers,” explained Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “The world’s leading companies run on Azure, and we are thrilled that Volkswagen has chosen Microsoft.”
1 | Amazon Web Services
Standing as the cloud computing arm of technology behemoth Amazon, Amazon Web Services has earned its stripes in the cloud computing market. This year, the cloud computing business generated $25.7bn in bn, up 45.3% from the same period a year earlier. Today, it’s customers include Capital One, Expedia, General Electric and Airbnb. Speaking exclusively to Gigabit magazine, Darren Mowry, Director, Business Development at AWS highlighted how the firm’s customer-focused and long-term approach gives it an edge. “We're building relationships and a business that lasts, and you do that by doing right by customers over a long period of time,” he said.