Top Three Cloud Hosting Platforms
Back then ™ company DATA was still stored on dusty computers or server racks in the basement that are no longer needed – and then at some point they switched to the data center. Cloud solutions are now the absolute standard. To find your way through the jungle of cloud server providers, you can take a look at our brief overview.
There are numerous providers of cloud solutions that are aimed either at private individuals, companies, or both and offer corresponding additional services. These often go beyond the services offered by providers of web space or root servers and are sometimes not obvious at first glance. While you can imagine classic hosting as “the server is no longer with us, but in a large, guarded hall somewhere else”, the technology differs significantly from cloud hosting.
- Private – Public – Hybrid
The closest thing to classic hosting is private clouds, which offer the user the option of a dedicated server environment with their infrastructure. This solution is intended for companies that have to cap their storage and computing power in places, but exchange it for a closed and therefore more secure system. This doesn’t mean that public clouds are insecure, just that they are more accessible and therefore potentially offer more attack vectors for hackers. Public clouds have the advantage that they are scalable.
Hybrid cloud solutions, on the other hand, are the approach of networking private and public clouds as well as structures such as mixed or multi-clouds and adapting workload and interfaces between data and performance as required. Ultimately, the choice of the cloud is up to the user, because there is no better or worse; the use case is decisive. Here you will find an overview of the most important providers of cloud solutions.
- Amazon Web Services ( AWS )
Amazon is now the world’s largest provider of cloud services. The e-commerce giant is focusing on public clouds with AWS and scores above all with its advanced services and support for large companies. In addition to training for customers, Amazon focuses on the products EC2 and S3. EC2 stands for “Elastic Compute Cloud” and combines a number of instances, support for Windows and Linux, the use of fast GPUs, high-performance computing (HPC), and automatic scaling. With a modular structure, you can book what you need here.
S3 or “Simple Storage Service” is AWS ‘most prominent storage for objects. This is complemented by Elastic Block Storage (EBS) for persistent blocks when using EC2 and the Elastic File System (EFS) as data storage. In terms of database technology, AWS comes up with a range of database systems, such as its SQL-compatible Aurora, Relational Database Service (RDS), the DynamoDB-NoSQL database, the Elasticache in-memory data storage, Redshift Data Warehouse, and the Neptun graphics database. A database migration service simplifies changing existing databases.
- Microsoft Azure
With Azure *, Microsoft has blossomed into the second-largest cloud provider worldwide and is operating in a similar field to AWS when it comes to services. In the area of computing power, Microsoft calls its service unspectacularly “virtual machines” and supports Linux, Windows servers, and SQL servers as well as products from providers who also offer their own clouds such as Oracle, IBM, and SAP. Azure score points above all through the integrated support of Microsoft products for companies such as Office 365 or Dynamics 365. In addition, Azure offers interfaces and tools for hybrid cloud environments.
Instances such as HPC and GPU as well as a large number of other services can also be booked with Azure, and Microsoft simply calls auto-scaling “Virtual Machine Scale Sets”. For containers, Azure offers its own service based on Kubernetes, as well as a second one that uses Docker Hub and Azure Container Registry for management. In addition to services for automatic scaling, Azure has a special feature: “Service Fabric”, which was specially developed for applications with a microservice architecture.