A Comparative Taxonomy and Survey of Public Cloud Infrastructure Vendors [article]

Dimitrios Sikeridis, Ioannis Papapanagiotou, Bhaskar Prasad Rimal, Michael Devetsikiotis
2018 arXiv   pre-print
An increasing number of technology enterprises are adopting cloud-native architectures to offer their web-based products, by moving away from privately-owned data-centers and relying exclusively on cloud service providers. As a result, cloud vendors have lately increased, along with the estimated annual revenue they share. However, in the process of selecting a provider's cloud service over the competition, we observe a lack of universal common ground in terms of terminology, functionality of
more » ... rvices and billing models. This is an important gap especially under the new reality of the industry where each cloud provider has moved towards his own service taxonomy, while the number of specialized services has grown exponentially. This work discusses cloud services offered by four dominant, in terms of their current market share, cloud vendors. We provide a taxonomy of their services and sub-services that designates major service families namely computing, storage, databases, analytics, data pipelines, machine learning, and networking. The aim of such clustering is to indicate similarities, common design approaches and functional differences of the offered services. The outcomes are essential both for individual researchers, and bigger enterprises in their attempt to identify the set of cloud services that will utterly meet their needs without compromises. While we acknowledge the fact that this is a dynamic industry, where new services arise constantly, and old ones experience important updates, this study paints a solid image of the current offerings and gives prominence to the directions that cloud service providers are following.
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