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A vendor cloud platform comparison guide

In this essential guide, learn about your cloud platform vendor options. Find out which cloud computing platform would work best with your enterprise.


When it comes to choosing among providers of cloud platform as a service, it's important to start with a clear-eyed view of the business objectives. Will you be building mobile apps, web only or both? How deep is your development and testing bench? How much storage do you anticipate you'll need? If you have a lot of big data, will high-performance computing in the cloud be necessary? All of these questions -- and, of course, the issues of security, price and flexibility -- must be addressed too.

The good news is it's easy to get started on a cloud platform -- most need no more than a credit card to spin up instances. From another perspective, that could also be the bad news as it can make it hard to keep track of which department is doing what.

To get started, take time to evaluate each cloud provider's offerings because, while it's tempting to think they're all very similar, each is known for a particular area of strength. Mobile developers will likely want to explore the latest on the Android platform, including new toolkits and options for HTML5 native development. Enterprises with big data needs require lots of processing power and the Google platform is considered by many to be a logical choice for these types of tasks. Amazon Web Services, or AWS, is widely lauded for its built-in security and ease of use. For .NET and other Windows developers, the Azure platform makes it easy to tie in to existing Microsoft products and platforms.

Choosing, operating and managing various applications all require different services. Amazon Web Services (AWS), Android and Google cloud platform development are significant options for an organization. Take a look at this cloud platform comparison guide to decide which work best for large and small enterprises.

1PaaS options-

Understanding the PaaS model

Platform as a service, or PaaS, has several options for moving into cloud development and digital transformation. Take a look at this section to learn more about PaaS and the options available.


Looking to PaaS for digital transformation

A new PaaS model offers a wider range of OS and middleware choices. Developers need to understand how this model can support their appmod and digital transformation plans. Continue Reading


Use data governance for better PaaS

Data governance is something you cannot afford to ignore, and using a PaaS toolkit can make the process easier. Expert Tom Nolle explains why the first step is a pain. Continue Reading


Workday PaaS for cloud developers

As the Workday HCM ecosystem broadens its user footprint, the company is about to open up its platform and libraries, allowing developers to create custom app add-ons. Continue Reading


Containers are evolving PaaS frameworks

As PaaS capabilities expand to support new technologies, such as containers and microservices, IT teams and developers face new challenges around visibility, monitoring and more. Continue Reading


Which cloud platform works best for my enterprise?

It's an oft-asked question: Which cloud platform is the best choice for app development efforts? The answer: It depends. It's PaaS vs. AWS Lambda. Continue Reading


What to do with cloud sprawl

The cloud was supposed to save us. So, why are we now suffering from dreaded cloud sprawl, and what should we do about it? Cloud computing was never supposed to be like this. Continue Reading

2Azure offerings-

Looking at Microsoft Azure

What does Microsoft Azure offer? Find out how Azure can help with load testing, hybrid cloud needs and how it can enhance development performance.


Microsoft Azure helps performance load tests

Performance testing using VSTS and Azure helps you collect critical data and know what to expect from your apps. Here's how to get started. Continue Reading


Bringing hybrid home with Azure

Microsoft's Azure Stack Development Kit is designed to help developers validate Azure Stack applications for hybrid deployments in different locations globally or even on premises. Continue Reading


Looking at PaaS offerings for 2017

The promise of platform as a service is strong but so is the competition. Here's a look at what the major players are offering in this increasingly key app dev area. Continue Reading


Microsoft's PaaS offerings

Get started with exploring these PaaS offerings: AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Google App Engine and Microsoft Azure. An IT veteran summarizes their pros and cons. Continue Reading

3Android development-

Get a better view of Android platform

Android platform is designed for mobile architecture. Learn why this cloud platform development is used by many, from individuals to organizations using large-scale data, and remains a key player in a cloud platform comparison. This Android platform section covers step by step practices, tools for native Android, adoption concerns and more.


A how-to guide to Android development with Eclipse

Learn how to create applications in an Android development environment in this guide. Continue Reading


Guide to Android Studio IDE from Google

Android Studio IDE from Google allows developers to build apps running on mobile, desktop and other emerging technologies running on Android. Continue Reading


The best tools for native Android development

There are pros and cons to embarking on native Android app development. Find out if developing natively in Windows is right for your company. Continue Reading


Picking non-native vs. native for developers

What's more risky: developing cross-platform or native mobile apps? One expert chooses sides in the native vs. non-native/cross-platform mobile apps debate. Continue Reading

4Google Cloud Platform-

What does Google Cloud Platform offer?

When doing a cloud platform comparison, Google Cloud Platform is a top selection for organizations working with large amounts of data. Learn how this cloud platform development offers a variety of custom services and supports trade products. This Google Cloud Platform section sheds light on Google's abilities to manage various applications. Find out more about this popular platform.


Reaching new heights with Google cloud platform

GCP is establishing itself as a viable revenue stream for the search engine giant Continue Reading


Infuse machine learning into cloud apps

Looking to infuse machine learning into your cloud apps? Use this list of terms to explore which Google cloud services offer features for speech-to-text, image analysis and more. Continue Reading


Google toys for Android developers to love

The Google I/O conference keynotes never disappoint, and this year, with announcements ranging from new online cloud storage capacities to new IDE features and new Android APIs, there's plenty for developers of all stripes to love, especially Android developers. Continue Reading


Google Cloud Platforms: What are your options?

With a range of options for big data, storage and more, Google Cloud Platform has become the public cloud of choice for many enterprise users. Continue Reading


Is Google Cloud Platform the best option for backing up data?

Find out whether Google Cloud Platform is the best option for backing up data. Continue Reading


Demonstrating Google's Project Soli

Very little has been done to truly replace the utility of the keyboard and mouse, but Project Soli is working to change that. The new Google project looks to combine machine intelligence with radar and similar technology to read hand signals and control the Internet of Things (IoT). Continue Reading


How to streamline cloud ops with Google automation

Cloud admins can choose from a number of tools to drive automation in Google Cloud Platform. Learn how managed instance groups, Deployment Manager and other options stack up. Continue Reading


Changing business IT with Google cloud

Google's enterprise cloud platform is starting to become a factor in business IT thanks to strong data preparation, machine learning and AI capabilities. Continue Reading


Taking a look at how Amazon affects Google and Microsoft

With Amazon Web Services' growth rate continuing to decline over successive quarters, what does this mean for its cloud rivalry with Microsoft and Google? Continue Reading

5About AWS-

Working with AWS

AWS is the most popular of the developing platforms in terms of a cloud platform comparison. Learn why it provides organizations with security and speed of services. This AWS cloud platform development section also includes a glimpse at other platform options, like Azure, AppDynamics and platform as a service (PaaS) vendors.


Taking the secure route with AWS

Risk aversion is a cornerstone of the enterprise computing community. Do no harm is philosophy that goes beyond medicine's Hippocratic oath. But the risk averse can now safely try new technologies by using cloud computing options and AWS. Continue Reading


Google Compute Engine versus Azure versus AWS

Which public cloud comes out on top in the Google vs. AWS vs. Azure debate? It depends on what you're comparing. Continue Reading


Choosing the right cloud big data platform

Finding the best cloud big data platform requires picking a database model, choosing a cloud service or cloud platform, and reviewing their features. Continue Reading


Platform options with PaaS vendors

For the IoT to reach its potential, cloud platform building blocks must be in place. Four new PaaS vendors offer options to jumpstart the process. Continue Reading

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