Cloud Leaderboard: AWS, Microsoft, IBM And Google Continue Infrastructure Dominance

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And The Rest…

Smaller clouds -- many with unique niches, business models or industry alignments -- were pushed a little more out of the market last year by the hyper-scale powerhouses.

The providers evaluated by Synergy Research outside of the Top 15 collectively dropped in overall share by 4 percent, the researcher said. Together, they closed the fourth quarter with 20 percent of the market.

That group encompasses a wide range of companies, from telcos like Deutsche Telekom, BT, CenturyLink, Orange and SingTel; to traditional providers such as CSC, SunGard, HPE, and OVH; to specialists like DigitalOcean, Joyent, Virtustream and Engine Yard.

"Smaller companies can still do well by focusing on specific applications, industry verticals or geographies," said Dinsdale.

"But overall this is a game that can only be played by companies with big ambitions, big wallets and a determined corporate focus," he said.

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