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.

January 18, 2021

As 2021 gets cooking, we’re rolling out some exclusive high-level outlooks on where the cloud industry’s headed based on interviews late last year with Cloud Wars Top 10 leaders. These exclusive articles are part of our ongoing CEO Cloud Outlook 2021 series, and here’s a snippet from each with links to the full articles:

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Fiscal Q1 Cloud Revenue: $15.2B

Cloud Services: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS

CEO: Satya Nadella

Special Report: the 8 high-end traits needed to displace MSFT as #1

Commercial Cloud revenue of $15.2B is now 40.8% of company total

Honeywell partnership aims to trigger AI-based Industrial Revolution


AWS Q3 Cloud Revenue: $11.6B

Cloud Services: IaaS, PaaS

CEO: Andy Jassy

Special Report: if Slack worth $28B, then how high could AWS IPO go?

As cloud revenue growth slows, will Bezos cash in on AWS with huge IPO?

Second straight quarter with 29% revenue growth - $11.6 billion in Q3

3Google Cloud

Q3 Cloud Revenue: $3.44B

Cloud Services: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS

CEO: Thomas Kurian

Special Report: can world’s hottest cloud vendor sustain hypergrowth?

Kurian ties proprietary clouds to threat of "survivability requirements"

As good as Thomas Kurian's first year was, 2020 has been even better


Q2 2020 Cloud Revenue: $5.15B

Cloud Services: SaaS, PaaS

CEO: Marc Benioff

Special Report: w/Slack, Benioff boosts big target from $35B to $50B

Q3 earnings tomorrow - can Benioff maintain superb 29% growth?

Benioff's tough-love advice to passive CEOs: 'Get out of paralysis!'


Q3 Cloud Revenue: $2.32B

Cloud Services: SaaS, PaaS

CEO: Christian Klein

Special Report: Huge bet on Industry Cloud to outpace Oracle, Salesforce

Klein vows to lead market with Industry Cloud: "always been our strong suit"

After brutal Q3, Klein makes impressive and forceful commitment to future


Q1 FY21 Cloud Revenue (est.): $2.25B

Cloud Services: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS

CEO: Safra Catz

Special Report: defying ankle-biters, Ellison creates cloud powerhouse

Ellison takes on Google Cloud and SAP with industry-specific solutions

Tightens Zoom relationship as as Ellison leads major overhaul of Saas apps


Q3 Cloud Revenue: $6B

Cloud Services: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS

CEO: Arvind Krishna

Special Report: Krishna must prove much more to IBM Cloud than Red Hat

As Krishna focuses on hybrid cloud, 4 huge no-growth businesses flounder

5 strategic issues Krishna should address on Oct. 19 Q3 earnings call


Fiscal Q2 Cloud Revenue: $1.06B

Cloud Services: SaaS, PaaS

CEO: Aneel Bhusri

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

Huge Q3: go-lives at Walmart, Accenture, UPS, GE add 2.9M users

Bhusri cites “digital acceleration” as subscription revenue jumps 21%


Q3 Cloud Revenue: $1.09B

Cloud Services: SaaS

CEO: Bill McDermott

Special Report: McDermott & Co. are disrupting entire market

I believe Salesforce, Oracle, or SAP will align with McDermott for CX

Who’s hot/not? NOW market cap hits $100B as IBM’s falls to $104B


Q2 Experience Cloud Revenue: $826M

Cloud Services: SaaS

CEO: Shantanu Narayen

Special Report: Can Narayen mimic consumer success in enterprise?

Can Narayen's Experience Cloud compete head on against Salesforce?

Q3 Experience Cloud revenue again held down by Advertising Cloud trouble

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.