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Amazon and IBM named cloud market leaders

New report also names Microsoft, Google, Oracle, Citrix and Cisco as key contenders

BTC Logic has compiled a report naming the top cloud vendors (Shutterstock)
BTC Logic has compiled a report naming the top cloud vendors (Shutterstock)

Amazon and IBM have been named as the top vendors in the cloud computing market, according to a new report.

Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Red Hat and VMware also featured in the new quarterly report from IT consultancy firm BTC Logic. It ranked companies in the emerging market based on seven broad categories, including cloud foundations, infrastructure, network services, platforms, applications, security and management.

The report named Amazon and IBM as "cloud champions", because both companies ranked within the top five in four separate categories. Microsoft, Google, Red Hat, Salesforce, Symantec, VMware, Citrix, EMC, Oracle, Level 3 and Cisco were named "cloud heavyweights", as although they are present in a number of categories, they ranked in the top five in less categories than Amazon and IBM.

It also named a third category of vendors as "cloud contenders", one that includes AT&T, Rackspace and SAP's Business Objects division.

Neither Microsoft, nor Google, ranked first in any category, but the later was placed second behind Salesforce in cloud applications, while Microsoft was named second behind VMware in cloud foundations.

The company said the report was intended to help clear up much of the confusion surrounding the fledgling market. "The Cloud Computing marketplace still has a confusing array of vendors, each promoting their own solutions, and a steady increase in the number of new Cloud products and services," the firm said.

It warned that the report showed that "enterprises will not significantly move applications and data into the Cloud until issues related to security, privacy and data locations are fully resolved." It also said that "enterprises want more control over governance and have the ability to oversee applications and data running in a broad hybrid Cloud."