China players, trends in cloud computing services

By Staff

For 2014-2018 Gartner forecasts the cloud computing market will expand at five-year CAGRs of 24 percent globally and 31 percent for China. After several years of steady growth deployment of cloud servers and storage is entering a rapid deployment stage write Asian analysts at investment bank BNP Paribas in a report out late last year. The different types of cloud (servers, storage) services are examined below.

Four Types of Cloud Services

Four Types Cloud Services


Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
Noteworthy Global IaaS vendors include Amazon’s EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud – server infrastructure) and S3 (Simple Storage Service – storage infrastructure) as part of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Rackspace Cloud Servers, Google (Google Compute Engine), HP, VMware, among others.

Domestic China cloud service IaaS vendors include Ucloud, Grand Cloud, Tencent (Tencent Cloud), Baidu (Baidu Cloud) and CITIC Telecom CPC. The analysts at BNP write that some vendors tend to target a specific verticals. For example, Ucloud tends to target gaming companies, CITIC Telecom CPC targets multinationals.

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
PaaS, BNP writes in its report, is cloud computing where users access a computing platform to create, test, and/or deploy applications via cloud services using middleware, runtime and underlying infrastructure provided by the vendor.

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