Forrester released its global public cloud platforms Forrester Wave, a 34-criteria evaluation of the following significant providers and how they stack up: Amazon Web Services (AWS), CenturyLink, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, and SAP.

Led by Forrester’s John Rymer and Dave Bartoletti, the research found that:

  • The public cloud platform market is consolidating. Forrester finds that AWS and Microsoft are the top two public cloud platforms — by far. IBM and Google have strength, and though Oracle lags, it’s a dark horse and should not be written off. All other global vendors must find niches to survive.
  • ​Public cloud platform giants ignore artificial categories like infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service. Cloud leaders go well beyond just renting cheap infrastructure​ or supporting website developers. Powerful new database, machine-learning, integration, and other development services are where the innovation is.
  • AWS is ready for enterprise workloads and enterprise customers. AWS’s investments in application-migration services, security and compliance certifications, monitoring, and management tooling make it a strong choice for a much broader range of enterprise workloads — despite its public-cloud-only strategy.

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