Outsourcing infrastructure: 25 IaaS cloud computing companies to watch

March 1, 2019
Updated: May 1, 2019
Written by Mike Thomas

Here's a simple summary of complex Infrastructure as a Service (or IaaS) technology: cloud-based storage, hardware, servers, network components and other products that businesses can outsource to support their operations. And it's sweeping the globe.

Because nothing is located on-site, companies and organizations escape the headaches of housing, operating and maintaining equipment — that's all done by the provider. IaaS cuts costs, too, as it eliminates the need for expensive IT equipment and large IT staffs. And the scalability potential for rapidly growing companies is almost infinite. Accessibility, too, is greatly improved.

And while the combination of third-party involvement and cloud-based infrastructure can present security issues, many IaaS adopters apparently believe there are more advantages than risks or the sector almost certainly wouldn't be expanding so rapidly.

These 25 IaaS cloud computing providers help businesses save money and time while they grow.

 

Digital Ocean IaaS companies
Digital Ocean

Digital Ocean

Industry: Software, IT

Location: New York, New York

What it does: Software developers use DigitalOcean to deploy and scale their applications without worrying about managing infrastructure. The company offers scalable compute services, managed databases and much more.

 

Navisite IaaS companies
Navisite

Navisite

Industry: Cloud Security, Finance

Location: Andover, Massachusetts

What it does: Navisite's provides cloud infrastructure and hosting services for business that want to outsource IT infrastructures. 

 

IBM Cloud IaaS companies
IBM Cloud

IBM Cloud

Industry: Cloud Data Services

Location: Armonk, New York

What it does: IBM Cloud's hybrid cloud infrastructure services help facilitate flexibility and portability for applications and data. Its public and private cloud servers are configurable by the month or hour, and can supply and scale on demand.

 

Microsoft Azure IaaS companies
Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure

Industry: IT, Software

Location: Redmond, Washington

What it does: Microsoft Azure IaaS provides highly scalable bare-metal infrastructure and offers a broad set of hybrid capabilities for applications, data, identity, security and management across on-premises and cloud environments. 

 

Google Compute Engine  IaaS companies
Google Compute Engine 

Google Compute Engine 

Industry: Virtual Machines, Networking

Location: Mountain View, California

What it does: Google Compute Engine provides scalable, high-performance virtual machines that boot quickly and offer persistent disk storage.  

 

Green Cloud Technologies  IaaS companies
Green Cloud Technologies 

Green Cloud Technologies 

Industry: Software, IT

Location: Greenville, South Carolina

What it does: Green Cloud offers Cisco-shared, dedicated private and hybrid virtual server solutions that provide data center, backup and restoration services for businesses of all sizes. 

 

OpenStack IaaS companies to watch
OpenStack

OpenStack 

Industry: Software, Open Source

Location: Austin, Texas

What it does: OpenStack is a free and open-source cloud computing platform that provides on-demand tools, including virtual servers, data storage and networking resources.

 

CenturyLink Cloud IaaS companies to watch
CenturyLink Cloud

CenturyLink Cloud 

Industry: IT, Network Security

Location: New York, New York

What it does: CenturyLink Technology Solutions offers cloud-based enterprise hosting services that facilitate adaptive networking, IT agility and connected security.

 

CloudSigma IaaS companies to watch
CloudSigma

CloudSigma

Industry: Web Hosting

Location: New York, New York

What it does: CloudSigma provides an array of cloud computing resources, including servers, "digital energy" and data storage.

 

Rackspace IaaS companies to watch
Rackspace

Rackspace 

Industry: IT, Software

Location: New York, New York

What it does: Using technologies developed by VMWare, Microsoft and others, Rackspace provides hybrid cloud services that include managed hosting, application database management and more.

 

VMware IaaS companies to watch
VMware

VMware

Industry: Software

Location: New York, New York

What it does: VMware's many services include the VMware Cloud Foundation platform, which provides storage, compute and networking.  

 

INAP IaaS companies to watch
INAP

INAP (formerly SingleHop)

Industry: IT

Location: Chicago, Illinois

What it does: INAP provides highly scalable infrastructure services — including cloud IaaS, dedicated hosting and managed cloud solutions — to a wide range of companies and organizations. 

 

ServerCentral IaaS companies to watch
ServerCentral

ServerCentral

Industry: Cloud Data Services, Web Hosting

Location: Chicago, Illinois

What it does: ServerCentral provides infrastructure management and support through its flexible cloud migration methodology that lets users move from traditional server environments to their choice of private or public clouds.  

 

Citrix Workspace Cloud IaaS companies to watch
Citrix Workspace Cloud

Citrix Workspace Cloud

Industry: Software, Virtualization

Location: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

What it does: Citrix Cloud's IaaS service lets users quickly deploy secure digital workspaces on a public or private cloud, and includes virtual apps and desktops, endpoint management, content collaboration and more. 

 

IronOrbit IaaS companies to watch
IronOrbit

IronOrbit 

Industry: IT, Web Hosting

Location: Anaheim Hills, California

What it does: IronOrbit operates a nationwide network of separate data centers that safeguard users' important data via round-the-clock server support and maintenance. 

 

Hyve Solutions IaaS companies to watch
Hyve Solutions

Hyve Solutions

Industry: Data Storage, Hardware

Location: Fremont, California

What it does: A division of Synnex, Hyve Solutions designs and deploys cost-effective and energy-efficient rack-level servers, storage and networking solutions that are customized based on a user's specific needs. 

 

Togglebox IaaS companies to watch
Togglebox

Togglebox

Industry: Web Hosting

Location: New York, New York

What it does: A TekTonic brand, Togglebox provides high-performance, customizable cloud hosting powered by the OnApp Cloud and Storpool SANs.

 

ElasticHosts IaaS companies to watch
ElasticHosts

ElasticHosts

Industry: Web Hosting

Location: London, England

What it does: A subsidiary of web domain/hosting giant GoDaddy, ElasticHosts provides easy-to-use, managed cloud servers with the capacity for scalable Web hosting and on-demand burst computing.

 

VEXXHOST IaaS companies to watch
VEXXHOST

VEXXHOST 

Industry: Web Hosting

Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

What it does: With the goals of reducing expenses and increasing productivity, OpenStack-affiliated Vexxhost works with customers to help design, build and optimize their cloud infrastructure.

 

LayerStack IaaS companies to watch
LayerStack

LayerStack 

Industry: Web Hosting

Location: Hong Kong

What it does: With data centers in Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Los Angeles, LayerStack offers high-performance cloud service that's built on OpenStack's redundant platform. Benefits include one-click OS Installation, root administrator access and a feature-rich control panel with lots of graphic-interface options.

 

Red Hat IaaS companies to watch
Red Hat

Red Hat

Industry: Software, Linux

Location: New York, New York

What it does: Red Hat provides OS platform applications, management solutions and many other services. The company's enterprise Linux operating system platform is for use in hybrid cloud environments, and its satellite system management product facilitates hybrid cloud deployment, scaling and management. 

 

GigeNET IaaS companies to watch
GigeNET

GigeNET 

Industry: Web Hosting

Location: Arlington Heights, Illinois

What it does: GigeNET's infrastructure services include colocation (renting space to store servers and hardware in a third-party data center), managed dedicated hosting by a dedicated support and engineering team, storage services and much more. 

 

Verizon Enterprise Infrastructure Services
Verizon Enterprise Infrastructure Services

Verizon Enterprise Infrastructure Services

Industry: Software, IT

Location: New York, New York

What it does: Verizon's IaaS product is flexible and scalable, with colocation and hybrid solutions, managed hosting options and other tools to help businesses streamline operations, improve customer experiences and expand e-commerce opportunities.  

 

Alibaba Cloud IaaS companies to watch
Alibaba Cloud

Alibaba Cloud

Industry: Cloud Data Services, Data Center

Location: Hangzhou, China

What it does: Alibaba Cloud provides pay-as-you-go cloud computing and data management services that include storage, processing and content delivery networks.

 

Amazon Web Services IaaS companies to watch
Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 

Industry: IT, Software

Location: Seattle, Washington

What it does: Amazon's AWS has been offering digital infrastructure services to businesses since 2006 that reduce IT workload, save money and deliver faster results. Today it's in 190 countries.

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