What are the different types of cloud service providers?
A (Very) Brief History of Clouds
Back in 2014 when we first launched the Emmys on AWS, the service had been publicly available since 2006. While eight years might not seem that long, it's quite a long time in technology years. By comparison, GCP (Google's Cloud) and Azure (Microsoft's Cloud) were released in 2008 and 2010 respectively. Both were significantly less mature.
For years, AWS dominated the Cloud market, but as the market has grown massively ($371B in 2020), so too has the competition. The latest breakdown of marketshare put Amazon at around 31% of the market, with Azure close behind at ~19%.
Different Types of Clouds
While all of the Cloud markets are individually more and more complex, we've been hearing from our customers that providing services in just one area leaves us short of our simple company mission: to help people. More and more, we are finding areas where a multi-Cloud solution is more performant or a better fit. Some specific examples:
- Google Cloud has amazing audio to text performance
- AWS has a much more robust offering as it relates to video and streaming
- Azure (not surprisingly) is best when it comes to .NET integration
While we still are AWS experts (with 24+ certifications and accreditations,) in 2021 we are expanding our offering and cross-training to more fully satisfy our customers' needs. Our focus on content and media means we will be with AWS for a long time to come, but right from the very beginning we want to be sure our customers are making the right decision when it comes to choosing the right Cloud provider, or providers.