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Tiny clouds taking on AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud

September 03, 2019 / Peter Wayner

Clouds have to be big, right If the best feature of the cloud is that you can just click and start up a machine in seconds, it follows that there must be vast warehouses loaded with computers out there somewhere. Huge warehouses filled with tall racks of machines arranged in endless rows, like a modern digital version of the ending of Raiders of the Lost Ark.The word big is relative, though. The biggest clouds AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform may attract much of the market share, but they are far from the only companies in the game. Some smaller companies are developing niches and finding a way to compete even though their racks of machines are miniscule, at least compared to the big three. And to call these alternatives miniscule is only possible in comparison to the dominant players. Its common to find that many of these competitors also run dozens of data centers around the globe and these data centers also have enough racks of machines to serve as a set for a modern ...