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Who do you use for your cloud service provider? With so many providers out there – picking the right one to meet your needs as an organization is important. While similar – each provider offers different incentives and services that fit your company’s needs. A cloud service provider is a vendor that stores organizations’ information on the internet so it is accessible anywhere. While some companies solely store their data and assets on the cloud – others use it as data backups in the case their computer is not nearby.

Below are pros and cons of the top 5 popular cloud service providers.

  1. Kamatera

For the past 20 years Kamatera has been in the cloud service space providing users access to tailored VPS hosting, customizable dashboards and servers and 99.95% Up-Time Guarantee. The company shines with their 24/7 customer service and cheap unmanaged servers. The downside of Kamatera is that their private servers can be on the expensive side. Kamatera offers a 30-day free trial for those users who are not ready to commit.

  1. Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is one of the most popular cloud providers today. Founded in 2006, AWS has over 1 million users and counting. Many users appreciate how highly customizable AWS is. In addition, the sign up process is easy, intuitive and with a 12-month free trial - users can expect cost savings to boot. The one downside of Amazon Web Services is that customer service is lacking – leaving customers scrambling to fix problems that may arise.

  1. Microsoft Azure

While AWS has the most space in the cloud service industry by percentage – Microsoft Azure has been closing that gap through the years. Azure is windows and linux compatible and comes with many capabilities that users can take advantage of whether it’s existing applications or infrastructure. The downside of Microsoft is that it can be quite expensive. Want to give it a try? The cloud service provider offers new users a 12 month trial to see if they like it.

  1. Linode

Linode is a VPS or a virtual private server that allows users to customize and have complete control over their servers. Linode’s mission is to “make cloud computing simple, affordable, and accessible.” Linode starts at $10 a month with managed plans costing extra. Need help getting started? Linode boasts that their customer representatives are highly trained to ensure users can get the answers they need without bots or handoffs.

  1. Google Cloud Platform

It was a toss up between IBM Cloud and Google Cloud Platform as to who would take the number five spot – but Google Cloud Platform edged over IBM Cloud by a smidge.  While IBM Cloud did have a higher uptime guarantee (100% vs 99.5%) - customers love Google Cloud Platform’s customer service; selection of applications; and scalability. The downside to the platform is that it can be pricier with users finding that it doesn’t integrate as well with non-Google products.

From a cloud service provider that’s been in the business for twenty years to a VPS- when deciding which provider is best for your business these cloud service providers should be at the top of your list.

 

 

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Danielle Loughnane

Danielle Loughnane earned her B.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College and has currently been working in the data science field since 2015. She is the author of a comic book entitled, “The Superhighs” and wrote a blog from 2011-2015 about working in the restaurant industry called, "Sir I Think You've Had Too Much.” In her spare time she likes reading graphic novels and snuggling with her dogs.

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