It is estimated that, by 2018, more than 60 percent of organizations will have moved their infrastructure onto cloud platforms. As more enterprises migrate to the cloud, the demands for performance and dependability will rise. The network is one of the key components affecting user experience for cloud users. The throughput of a cloud network will determine how much time it takes a user to transmit data between their servers, while the latency will determine how much delay the user will experience in communicating between their servers.
Companies must decide which providers to trust with their applications. Choosing the right cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider is growing increasingly difficult in a highly competitive market. In its 2015 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide, Gartner analysts talk about top IaaS players including:
- Amazon Web Services (AWS), the market leader, is always a good choice for applications that run well in a virtualized environment. Global Capacity enables AWS customers to bypass the public Internet and procure secure, private line connectivity.
- Microsoft’s Azure Infrastructure Services holds second place in market share and is a good choice for general business applications and Microsoft-centric development environments.
- Google Cloud Platform’s services include Google Compute Engine, Google Cloud Storage, and Google BigQuery to create anything from websites to complex applications. Global Capacity is working together with Google to define new and better ways for its customers to connect to Google’s Cloud Platform services.
- IBM acquired SoftLayer, focused on small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) in 2013.
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