7. Google Cloud Platform: After a slow start, multiple MSP-friendly ISVs have launch their services in Google’s cloud.
6. Rackspace: The CloudSpectator study does not account for additional features such as managed services, which are included in Rackspace’s pricing. Also, Rackspace has largely shifted away from public cloud services and focuses instead on managed services for third-party clouds — particularly AWS, Azure and Google.
5. IBM Cloud (SoftLayer): IBM suffered declining revenues for more than 20 consecutive quarters, but the losing streak recently ended. The company’s quarterly revenues are now growing again thanks to strategic imperatives like IBM Cloud. MSPs at the recent IBM Think and PartnerWorld conferences showed growing interest in IBM Cloud, along with associated Watson services.
4. Digital Ocean: Despite the strong showing on CloudSpectator’s list, we haven’t heard much from Digital Ocean over the past year. Our most recent company update involved free cloud monitoring services for developers, which launched in April 2017.
3. CenturyLink: Another surprising name on the list, considering CenturyLink has sold off some data centers, deemphasized competition with AWS and Azure, and focuses instead on network services.
1. 1&1: The company may not be a household name in some CSP markets, but CloudSpectator continues to shine a bright spotlight on 1&1.
In order to be considered for the report, each CSP had to have at least one North America data center; offer self-service for signup and ongoing capabilities; hourly billing capabilities and block storage offerings.