The year is 2018 and cloud computing is commonplace. It's a stark difference from the beginning of the decade, when "the cloud" was a concept most businesses were contemplating and most people were joking about not understanding.
In 2018, most of us mindlessly rely on cloud computing throughout our day, whether it be to store and share photos or quickly access business apps on the road.
The small business and enterprise cloud markets are as crowded as ever.
AWS, Google, IBM and Microsoft continue to lead the way when it comes to market share, but a wide variety of tier-two players touting a mix of local presence and services wrapped around their offerings are making a real name for themselves.
Of course, security is still an issue with cloud technology and the demand is only increasing as a relentless amount of new unsecured personal devices hit business environments every day. Not to mention the connected cities that rely on the cloud as a backbone.
For the eighth year, CRN presents its 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors list, the ultimate guide to the most important players in the cloud.
The vendors are broken up in to five categories to help solution providers easily identify potential partners.
The 20 Coolest Cloud Platform Vendors
These 20 vendors are offering cloud platforms that accelerate the development of applications, workflows and processes, data integration projects and advanced analytics capabilities.
The 20 Coolest Cloud Storage Vendors
The 20 coolest vendors in the cloud storage space deliver deliver a wide array of services to business including backup and recovery, archiving, disaster recovery, and business continuity.
The 20 Coolest Cloud Infrastructure Vendors
Major heavyweights continue to lead the increasingly crowded cloud infrastructure market but there are several young upstarts making themselves known through unique, niche offerings.
The 20 Coolest Cloud Software Vendors
From startups to more established companies, innovative products are changing the cloud software game and broadening and accelerating its adoption. Here are 20 companies at the forefront of that transformation.
The 20 Coolest Cloud Security Vendors
The cloud security market is expected to reach $12.73 billion in 2022 and these 20 vendors are fueling demand in this exploding industry.