Cloud services are the most talked about internet based services developed by some big companies like Microsoft, Yahoo and Google. Companies provide the infrastructure needed to host Internet services such as mailing. You cannot invest in a mail server and other hardware-related infrastructure just to retrieve or send mail. It’s a little too expensive for an individual or a company. Therefore, these providers rent these services at a minimal cost and save you a lot of money.
Cloud services are either private or public services. Email falls under public service and private or paid service includes a variety of services such as data storage, data backup, paid service applications like Googleapps and even online games like the popular World of Warcraft (WoW). Cloud services allow a user to access data or play games at any time as long as they have an internet connection. Since gaming platforms like WoW give users the ability to create a character or avatar and play with other online users, they need to create a username for the massively multiplayer games so they don’t have to create another avatar and keep the one, they have already created.
As cloud services are favored by small businesses, big players join the heist to do the killing. Here are some of them:
Microsoft was one of the first providers of the service. In fact, one of their top officials declared cloud services to be Microsoft’s future. Its Azure services are an on-demand hosting service with storage and web applications. Another major player is Amazon. Amazon has an advantage over other companies because they only charge by usage rather than a fixed monthly subscription. The next name that would appear on this list is software giant IBM. They bring together public clouding and private clouding to offer entrepreneurs hybrid clouding.
When these companies are on the rise, Google cannot be left behind. Google is way ahead of other companies when it comes to cloud service with PaaS. Its GoogleAppsEngine helps its subscribers build web applications. Salesforce is another household name in customer service. Its business software is known to be helpful for small businesses and is very popular. They offer cloud services with chat support and mobile support for Blackberry and iPhone. Other well-known names in this space are Red Hat, Dell, Cisco and HP.