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Cloud computing is one of the trends which is going in IT industry these days. The traditional way of building IT environment is now shifting towards the cloud computing. This is the reason number of cloud service provider is increasing day by day and it becomes a tough task to select good one amongst them. So, In this article I am going to tell you about the top 10 cloud platforms for cloud services.
 
But, before that let's have a quick overview on Cloud platforms?
 
Cloud platforms are platforms that allow developers to write applications that runs in the cloud and allows users to access data, services and applications, storage over the internet and allow them to work from anywhere on it.
 
If we look on to the benefits of cloud platforms than these are the following benefits
 
1. Reducing Costs - Cloud platforms eliminating the needs of own hardware, software, licenses, servers and other infrastructures which you needs to build IT working environment which ultimately reduce your costs.
 
2. Productivity - As you don't need your hardware, software and on-premises servers which means you don't need to hire experts to maintain them which helps you in both ways first on cost savings and second the professionals can focus on other things.
 
3. Availability - Cloud platforms allows you to access from anywhere, on any device 24/7
 
4. Scalability - The best thing about cloud platforms is that you don't need to worry about high traffic or sudden growth on traffic because cloud platforms automatically provide as many servers as required in such situations.
 
5. Affordability - As we mentioned above about scalability of cloud platforms where service providers allow server as per situations but it's not cost you much because it;s not compelling you to pay for unnecessary usage of servers by automatically reduces the numbers of servers when traffic go down. You need to pay only for that sort of time when service provider allocates extra servers.
 
6. Migration - Cloud platforms also allow users to migrate completely from one service provider to another without losing your data.
 
 
Now, let's check on to the service models of cloud platforms
 
There are three models of cloud platforms

1. SaaS - Software as a service (Saas) applications runs completely in the cloud. It enables delivery of applications over the cloud, it means you don't need to buy, install and maintain own software. Software is managed from a central location and Just pay for what you used.
 
 
2. PaaS -  Platform as a service (PaaS) This kind of cloud platforms provides you set of tools and services designed to make coding and deploying those applications quick and efficient. Means to say you can develop, runs and manage applications on the cloud.
 
3. IaaS - Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) It is a kind of service where you get access to virtualized computer resources over the internet. You can get complete infrastructure solutions like hardware, software, servers, storage and other things from third party.
 
Now, lets move on to the next section.
 
Here is the list of top 10 cloud platforms.

1. Amazon Web Services


  • Service Model - IaaS
  • Deployment Model - Hybrid, Private & Public Cloud
  • Server operating system - Linux & windows
  • Auto Scaling
  • Block Storage
  • VPN Access
  • Cloud Storage
  • Database as a Service
  • Deploy servers
  • DNS management

2. Microsoft Azure Cloud


  • Service Model - PaaS
  • Deployment Model - Private Cloud
  • Server operating system - Linux windows
  • Auto Scaling
  • Block Storage
  • Cloud Storage
  • Content Delivery Network
  • Deploy Servers
  • Disaster Recovery
  • VPN Access
  • DNS Management
  • Database as a Service
     
3. Google


  • Service Model - IaaS
  • Deployment Model - Public Cloud
  • Server operating system - Linux & windows
  • Cloud Storage
  • Docker Support
  • Load Balancing
  • Firewalls
  • Snapshots
  • API (Application Programming Interface)
  • Web Based Application/Control Panel
     
4. Rackspace


  • Service Model - IaaS
  • Deployment Model - Hybrid Cloud, Private Cloud, and Public Cloud
  • Server operating system - Linux & windows
  • Auto Scaling
  • Block Storage
  • Cloud Storage
  • Content Delivery Network (CDN)
  • Database as a Service
  • Deploy Servers
  • DNS Management
5. VMware


  • Service Model - IaaS
  • Deployment Model - Hybrid Cloud
  • Server operating system - Linux & windows
  • Auto Scaling
  • Cloud Storage
  • Load Balancing
  • System Monitoring
  • Web Based Application/Control Panel
  • API (Application Programming Interface)
6. Salesforce


  • Service Model - PaaS
  • Deployment Model - Public Cloud
  • Server operating system - Linux & windows
  • Auto Scaling
  • File Storage
  • Firewalls
  • Flexible Storage Services
  • System Monitoring
7. Oracle


  • Service Model - PaaS
  • Deployment Model - Private Cloud and Public Cloud
  • Server operating system - windows
  • Block Storage
  • Cloud Storage
  • Database as a Service
  • Object Storage

8. IBM


  • Service Model - IaaS
  • Deployment Model - Hybrid Cloud and Private Cloud
  • Server operating system - Linux & windows
  • Web Based Application/Control Panel
  • API (Application Programming Interface)
  • Messaging Services
9. Red Hat


  • Service Model - PaaS
  • Deployment Model - Hybrid cloud and Private Cloud
  • Server operating system - windows
  • Auto Scaling
  • Horizontal Scaling
  • Snapshots
  • Vertical Scaling
  • API (Application Programming Interface)
  • Command Line
  • Graphical User Interface

10. Heroku

  • Service Model - PaaS
  • Deployment Model - Public Cloud
  • Server operating system - Linux & windows
  • Auto Scaling
  • Horizontal Scaling
  • Control Interface-Command Line
So, this is my list of top cloud platforms which are trending these days. But, if you think about some other platforms than feel free to share with us in the comment section below.
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