2020 swiftly turned around the majority of predictions and projections. Even though technologies and trends such as Azure, AWS, Artificial intelligence and the internet of things will still define 2021 and following years. However, the use cases have evolved to helping adapt and survive the changing times.
Cloud computing is the backbone of the data driven, app based tech ecosystem that has been vital in helping manage the change. Everything from contract tracing to home delivery services, remote medicine, and working (and playing) from home has been revolutionized by cloud services.
There are a number of cloud providers, but we hear majorly of just three, namely, Azure, AWS and Google. Even though these giants do claim the major chunk of the marketplace, these are not the only options. In this article we’ll be listing out top 5 cloud platforms and their solutions to look out for in 2021.
This article will help you pick the provider and a solid solution that is right for you.
1. Microsoft Azure
Azure is growing at a faster rate than any of its competitors. However, a tight integration with Microsoft products like office 365 and dynamic 365 makes it a preferred choice for companies who already have Microsoft deployed in their softwares (and that’s most of them).
- Pricing options available for short term commitments.
- Multi layered security system making it highly secure.
- Hybrid benefits on Azure are easy to use and its high redundancy ensures minimum down time.
- While Azure offers multiple benefits, it doesn’t offer to manage your company’s data. Activities like server monitoring and patching will still have to be done in-house or outsourced to another vendor.
In 2021, Multi-cloud approaches will lead to a breakdown of barriers between providers. Azure’s Arc allows to manage Azure capabilities on any infrastructure and enables Azure services to run from anywhere. Since its launch, Azure Arc has seen tremendous customer interest and adoption across all industries. Azure SQL Managed Instance, and Azure PostgreSQL Hyperscale can run across on-premises data centres, multi-cloud, and the edge.
2. Amazon Web Services
AWS pioneered the industry 18 years ago and has dominated the Cloud market for the longest time.
- Cost effective for a startup on a budget
- Their system is fine-tuned to prevent attacks, detect any suspicious activities, respond to incidents quickly and effectively and remediate your AWS environment.
- Starts with a click and can be accessed from 190 countries.
- AWS is that the price you sign up for doesn’t cover the other services you might eventually need. AWS doesn’t offer customer technical support by default. Instead, it comes with an added fee.
- There is also a cap on the resources on their platform. AWS does have resource caps to help avoid system overload, which comes with the added benefit of making sure users don’t tear through their IT budget. The cap is placed at a setting that the average user isn’t expected to exceed, and you are able to request an increase, but you’d have to pay more for the additional space.
- Although it is easy to get started with AWS, it’s another thing entirely to actually understand how to run it. There is an expected learning curve while you get a handle on AWS’s platform.
3. Google cloud
Google Cloud is one of the newer players to the cloud platform, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in the sheer volume of investment. For this reason, Google Cloud has massive projections in growth. Google Cloud enters the market with the vast technical expertise of having Google behind it.
- $300 credits on sign up for free trial.
- Google offers its customers the choice between letting Google Cloud manage your profile keys or letting you manage your own.
- You are also allowed to use all your GCP, Firebase, Google Assistant, and 3rd-party Cloud services as building blocks to construct your Cloud empire.
- The main disadvantage with Google Cloud comes from the fact it’s newer to the market and therefore lacks many of the advanced features that AWS and Azure have in their tool belts.
In 2021, forbes predicts the hybrid and multi-cloud solutions will grow in popularity. Google’s Anthos is one of the most popular services. Anthos lets users manage workloads running on third-party clouds like AWS and Azure, giving the freedom to deploy, run and manage applications on the cloud of choice, without requiring administrators and developers to learn different environments and APIs. Anthos leverages open APIs, giving users the freedom to modernise any place, any time and at their own pace. Because Anthos is based on GKE, the managed Kubernetes service, users can automatically get the latest feature updates and security patches.
4. VMware Cloud
While perhaps still smaller than the giants of the industry, VMware Cloud Horizon still remains a heavy hitter, with a global network and services that are paired with reasonable prices.
The main benefits of VMware Cloud Horizon is its security, its unified management, its maximum flexibility and its high availability promising 99.99% uptime with confidence.
- Designing architecture can be a confusing task
- Flash management console can be sluggish
- There are no migration paths, which requires you to start from zero
vRealize is expected to a highlight in 2021. VMware’s vRealize provides app-centric security and network visibility across hybrid and multi-cloud environments. It offers visibility and security planning across clouds that users can consume as a service or deploy on-premises. The tool easily maintains control over users’ infrastructure with custom policies and automated workflows that are uniquely based on how the users want to run their multi-cloud environment.
5. Oracle Cloud
Perhaps a little bit of a late bloomer when compared to its competition like Amazon and Azure, Oracle has still proven to be a reliable product and shows steady growth.
Although Oracle does have a hand in both the PaaS and the IaaS industries, Oracle is primarily a software provider, covering companies that range from small start-ups to enterprises. For this reason, SaaS will be Oracle’s trump card, along with their autonomous database services. Oracle also offers hybrid solutions for their cloud customers.
- Computing capabilities
- Adjustable storage settings
- Large storage services for low cost
- Limited integration with other software
- Limited tutorials
- No keyboard shortcuts
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