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 there are others who 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 provider and offer multiple types of hosting. However, the following I will focus on some of the best IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) platforms.
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 requirements. You can virtually host any applications including network 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 AWS cloud.
Microsoft Azure was launched in 2010 as Windows Azure and later in 2014; it was renamed As Microsoft Azure. Azure has a large set of product offering including their 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.
Google Cloud Platform
GCP (Google Cloud Platform) let 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
There are many IaaS platform, 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.