Cloud Computing market is growing faster than ever and will continue to grow for many years.

There are many cloud hosting providers; however, very few offer a range of products to host from a simple static website to complex machine learning applications.

As per Right Scale report, AWS (Amazon Web Service) is a leader.

So undoubtedly, Amazon is the leader today, but others are doing pretty well. Le’ts take a look at some of the following reliable cloud platform to host your applications. There are probably hundreds of hosting providers and offer multiple types of hosting. However, in the following, I will focus on some of the best IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) platforms.

AWS

AWS needs no introduction. But still, if you are not aware, it was launched in 2006, and it operates in 20 geographical regions across the world. It offers a large number of products to meet every business requirement. You can virtually host any applications, including networks like firewall, DNS, Load balancing, or even you can have your virtual private cloud.

To read the complete list of products offered by AWS, you can refer here.

The great thing about AWS is you pay for what you use and offer a FREE tier for some of their popular services. So, if you are looking to try out AWS, take advantage of a FREE account to experience the platform.

If you are looking for some guidance to get it started, then I would recommend taking this online course to get an overview of the AWS cloud.

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure was launched in 2010 as Windows Azure, and later in 2014, it was renamed, Microsoft Azure. Azure has a large set of product offerings, including its own software like IIS, MS SQL, Exchange Server, and much more.

Get the complete list of products from here.

Literally, everything – AI, IoT, compute, security, analytics, container, database, etc.

Microsoft Azure is also available in Mainland China, so if your business in China, this would be your interest. If you are a startup, you can join their BizSpark program to get free Azure service.

Google Cloud Platform

GCP (Google Cloud Platform) lets you create anything from a simple blog to complex applications.

If you are serious about latency to build performance-oriented applications, then GCP can be your first choice. We all know about Google’s product Gmail, YouTube, Search, they are hosted on the same infrastructure. Google cloud is available in 19 locations and got more than 130 network edge locations.

Most of their products are available on all the regions so you can host your application in your neighborhood or near to the users. For WordPress users, I listed some of the best-managed WordPress hosting on Google cloud.

GCP offers $300 in credit to be used in 60 days as a free trial.

DigitalOcean

A popular cloud hosting among developers – not as big as AWS or GCP, but DigitalOcean platform experience is world-class. Pricing is a big advantage – you can get the VM from as low as $5 per month.

Can you imagine? Computing is very cheap.

Recently, they announced few services like managed Kubernetes, database, load balancer, object storage, etc.

DigitalOcean is available in 12 data centers globally. If you are a startup, you can get 12 months of infrastructure credits through their Hatch program.

Alibaba Cloud

You can’t ignore China market, so Alibaba Cloud – a gateway to China. With a vast number of products offered, you can think of hosting almost everything inside China to provide the best possible experience to your customers.

  • Qingdao
  • Beijing
  • Zhangjiakou
  • Hangzhou
  • Shanghai
  • Shenzhen
  • Hohhot
  • Hong Kong

and 12 more international data center locations.

You can get up to $1200 worth free trial. Here is quick architecture to tap China market when you have no offices in China.

Alibaba Cloud also offers ICP support, which can be a great deal when you don’t want to get into complicated ICP license process and formalities.

Kamatera

Kamatera offers a variety of cloud services like firewalls, servers, storage, block storage, load balancer, etc.

The platform is super user-friendly and offers over 40 of the most popular applications and services deployment, with a click of a button. Some of them are listed below.

  • WordPress
  • Docker
  • pfSense
  • NFS
  • MongoDB
  • HAProxy
  • Mattermost
  • Rancher
  • Elasticsearch
  • OpenVPN

Even though the company has over 20 years of cloud experience, Kamatera in the new booming player in the global markets, with 14 Datacenters across four continents. Kamatera’s sudden increase in popularity is mainly due to its unique added values – fairly price VM (starts from $4 a month), amazing scalability and flexibility with server configuration and payment options, great performances, and most important: customized and tailored made cloud services with 24/7 support.

Conclusion

There are many IaaS platforms, but above are trusted by millions of web applications, so you won’t go wrong in choosing them. None of the platforms is perfect, so try them all and see what you like, what fits your business requirement, budget, etc.