The World’s Top Cloud Vendors

 

The Cloud Wars ranking of the 10 most-influential cloud vendors in the world. We adjust the rankings regularly, so check back for fresh insights and updates.

June 14, 2021

As we close in on the midpoint of 2021, the enterprise cloud is roaring along as the engine of innovation, speed, and data-powered decisions for the Digital Economy. And the major players are rolling out new ideas, products and services at a breathtaking pace:

  • #10 Snowflake has created the “data cloud” category and is quickly being challenged by other major vendors, particularly #3 Google Cloud;
  • #5 SAP publicly expresses unconditional commitment to a new era of “Modular ERP,” noting that legacy ERP can no longer keep up with the needs of modern business;
  • #9 IBM reinforces its relationship with SAP as #1 Microsoft’s competitive stance against SAP in enterprise apps intensifies; and
  • #4 Salesforce reports what CEO Marc Benioff calls “the greatest quarter in company history.”

The Cloud Wars Top 10

1Microsoft

Cloud Revenue for Q ending 3/31: $17.7B


Cloud Services: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS


CEO: Satya Nadella

#9 IBM gets closer to SAP as MSFT no longer "preferred" cloud partner

Nadella creates powerhouse apps biz w/industries Dynamics 365, Data, AI

Apps chief Taylor investing billions to “verticalize the cloud” for industries

2Amazon

Cloud Revenue for Q ending 3/31: $13.5B


Cloud Services: IaaS, PaaS


CEO: Andy Jassy

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Cloud less than 5% of global IT spend, says Amazon CEO Andy Jassy

MSFT’s Nadella hammers Amazon for competing with AWS customers

3Google Cloud

Cloud Revenue for Q ending 3/31: $4B


Cloud Services: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS


CEO: Thomas Kurian

Kurian & Co. taking on red-hot Snowflake in "data cloud" category

Will Kurian capitalize as SAP crush on Microsoft cools?

Blowout Q1 triggers multiple pledges of more billions from parent Alphabet

4Salesforce

Q4 Cloud Revenue: $5.82B


Cloud Services: SaaS, PaaS


CEO: Marc Benioff

The Benioff Show: inside SFDC's 'Greatest Quarter Ever'

Is Benioff interested in acquiring Cerner for healthcare industry cloud?

Continues to hold the #1 spot on our new Industry Cloud Top 10

5SAP

Cloud Revenue for Q ending 3/31: $2.57B


Cloud Services: SaaS, PaaS


CEO: Christian Klein

Huge move by SAP in formally moving away from legacy to modular ERP

Klein again shows modern mindset in joint venture for FinTech-y Fioneer

Think big: SAP extends hot idea of industry clouds out to industry networks

6Oracle

Fiscal Q3 Cloud Revenue (est.): $1.6B


Cloud Services: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS


CEO: Safra Catz

June 15 earnings release should see big gains in OCI and Fusion apps

Big industry-cloud numbers: 100k customers, 16M users, 120 countries

CEO Catz offers 6 reasons to be bullish on cloud; demand outpaces supply

7ServiceNow

Cloud Revenue for Q ending 3/31: $1.29B


Cloud Services: SaaS


CEO: Bill McDermott

Building ‘world’s greatest software company’: McDermott’s plan

Q4 subscription-revenue jumps 32% on “workflow revolution”

Special Report: McDermott & Co. are disrupting entire market

8Workday

Fiscal Q4 Cloud Revenue: $1.01B


Cloud Services: SaaS, PaaS


CEO: Aneel Bhusri

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Co-CEO Fernandez: it’s time to liberate CFOs from ERP’s limitations

Special Report: pushing advanced tech to rip and replace legacy IT

9IBM

Cloud Revenue for Q ending 3/31: $6.5B


Cloud Services: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS


CEO: Arvind Krishna

Cloud chief Boville says 49-year partnership w/ SAP helps clients accelerate

General-purpose clouds out, industry-specific clouds in, says Boville

Q1 cloud revenue bounces back, up 18% to $6.5 billion

10Snowflake

Fiscal Q4 Cloud Revenue: $178M


Cloud Services: IaaS, PaaS


CEO: Frank Slootman

CEO Slootman comes out swinging against MSFT, AMZN, and GOOG

Slootman bets continued hypergrowth on vertical-industry strategy

4 big steps on journey to $1 billion in data cloud revenue

The media and some analysts perpetuate the silly myth that the cloud begins and ends with public-cloud Iaas. While IaaS is certainly important, it’s the software layers farther up the stack—PaaS and SaaS—that are driving even greater business value, innovation and differentiation for business customers.

 

Here at Cloud Wars, our Top 10 rankings are created from the POV of business customers, not from inside the tech-industry bubble.

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