The public cloud is, frankly, a fascinating place. Sitting on the throne we have the undisputed leader of the public cloud Amazon Web Services, more commonly known by its three-letter acronym, AWS (well, to be fair, IBM disputes the contention that AWS is No. 1 but no one really agrees). We then have an interesting power struggle as two very different vendors battle it out to be next in line.

In one corner we have Google, the company with immense operational experience but some critical flaws. In the other corner stands Microsoft, a late starter in the public cloud and once something of a cloud denier but now reinvigorated and ready to do battle. Let’s take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of these two players.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.