5 Top Cloud Computing Companies

The top cloud computing companies are in a dynamic, exciting space. Millions of companies rely on the cloud, yet most do not understand the technology.

The cloud computing market is an incredibly dynamic, often confusing, space.

Although millions of companies and individual consumers rely on the cloud, most have an ill-defined understanding of what this technology actually is.

Cloud computing can be categorized as: Software as a Service (SaaS): applications that are used in the cloud environment (e-mail and communication features); Platform as a Service (PaaS): platform that such applications are running on (databases and web servers); and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): infrastructure supporting the platforms (servers, storage, and virtual machines).

According to a report from Gartner, worldwide public cloud revenue is set to grow 17.3 percent in 2019 with IaaS continuing to be the fastest growing segment with a rate of 27.6 percent.

Further, Gartner projects the overall revenues to be US$206.2 billion in 2019, up from US$175.8 billion in 2018 while the IaaS segment is set to rake in US$39.5 billion, up from US$31 billion in 2018.

“Demand for integrated IaaS and PaaS offerings is driving the next wave of cloud infrastructure adoption,” Sid Nag, research director at Gartner, said in the release.

It has to be noted that the companies operating in each of these spaces are quite varied. While the SaaS market is saturated with public and private companies––many in the mid- to small-cap range––the IaaS market is absolutely dominated by the large cap companies who have the funds, technology and infrastructure to support this service.

With that in mind, here the Investing News Network (INN) is profiling the top five IaaS companies in terms of market share as listed by Gartner.

1. Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN)

With a market share of 51.8 percent at the end of 2017, and with an estimated revenue of US$12.2 billion in 2017, Amazon’s Amazon Web Services is the undisputed leader of the IaaS segment.

While the company’s market share has dipped slightly from its 2016 levels, Amazon’s revenue has increased by 25 percent over the last two yers.

Amazon has been operating the web services for over 12 years. As of September 2018, the company operates in 18 geographic regions and offers 125 fully featured services including computing, storage, databases networking and analytics. Further, the company’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) ,which provides the scalable computing capacity and thereby eliminating the need of investing in hardware, is present in 55 Availability Zones (AZs).

2. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Second on the list with a market share of 13.3 percent is Microsoft which witnessed a 98 percent growth in this segment from the 2016 levels. The company’s revenues in 2017 was US$3.1 billion, up from US$1.5 billion in 2016.

The company, which offers the IaaS services through Azure, is present in 140 countries. Meanwhile, the number of Azure regions stands at 54 as of September 2018. Like Amazon Web Services, Azure offers more than 100 services and the company claims to have 120,000 new subscriptions per month.

3. Alibaba (NYSE:BABA)

With 4.6 percent market share and with a revenue of US$1 billion in this vertical in 2017, Alibaba comes in third with a 62.7 percent increase from its 2016 revenue of US$670 million.

The company offers services through its Alibaba Cloud platform, which has over 40 products and is present in 70 countries with 49 Availability Zones. The company claims to have more than one million paying customers.

4. Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL)

Google makes it to the list with a market share of 3.3 percent and a 2017 revenue of US$780 million in this vertical. The company had a 56 percent growth from its 2016 revenue of US$500 million.

The company offers services through Google Cloud Platform and is present in over 17 regions, 35 countries and 52 Zones. The company offers over 4A 0 products but much of it varies across region and countries.

5. IBM (NYSE:IBM)

The company with a market share of 1.9 percent and a revenue of 457 million in 2017 is IBM. With a growth of over 53 percent from the 2016 levels, IBM takes the final spot on the list.

The company offers services through IBM Cloud which has over 15 products and is available in 19 countries and has 18 availability zones.

This is an updated version of an article originally published by the Investing News Network in 2016.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Bala Yogesh, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

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Top Stories This Week: Powell Gets Fed Nomination, Using Gold in a Market Correction youtu.be

We're back after a break last week with quite a bit to cover in the gold space.

After running up past the US$1,860 per ounce mark midway through November, the yellow metal has taken a tumble. At the time of this writing on Friday (November 26) afternoon, it was sitting just under US$1,790.

Gold's losses this week have been attributed to elements like a stronger US dollar and better Treasury yields, although Jerome Powell's US Federal Reserve chair renomination has pulled other factors into play — some market watchers believe he may move to taper and raise interest rates faster than anticipated.


If the Fed follows its previously laid out timeline for tapering, it will wrap up in mid-2022; the central bank has said it won't raise rates until after that. It has also emphasized that its roadmap may change if necessary.

Looking at the larger picture for gold, I heard recently from Nick Barisheff of BMG Group, who believes the stock market is due for a major correction.

"The market is due for a major correction. What will cause it and when it will happen is anybody's guess — it could be tomorrow, it could be six months from now" — Nick Barisheff, BMG Group

It's impossible to know when this correction will happen, but Nick emphasized the importance of acting before it's too late. He pointed out that investors are typically slow to get out of the market once a crash actually begins — they wait for a turnaround, and by the time it's clear there won't be one, they've experienced big losses.

In his opinion, the solution is to get out of the stock market early and transfer money into gold.

Here's how Nick explained it:

"Instead of taking your money off the table and going into cash … you go to gold (because cash is devaluing daily). Gold will at least hold its own and probably appreciate … so by sitting it out in gold you can wait until the market finishes correcting and then buy back in" — Nick Barisheff, BMG Group

With gold's future in mind, we asked our Twitter followers this week what price they think the metal will be at the end of 2021. By the time the poll closed, most respondents had voted for the US$1,800 to US$1,900 range.

We'll be asking another question on Twitter next week, so make sure to follow us @INN_Resource or follow me @Charlotte_McL to share your thoughts.

Finally, in the cannabis space, INN's Bryan Mc Govern spoke with Dan Ahrens of AdvisorShares to get his thoughts on 2021 trends and what's ahead in 2022.

Dan was candid, and said if he had to choose one word to describe the cannabis market in 2021, it would be "painful." Like many others, he's been disappointed in the industry's performance — while positivity initially ran high due to excitement about potential federal changes in the US, ultimately progress has been slow.

"Cannabis started with a big run-up in January and February ... and things dragged from there" — Dan Ahrens, AdvisorShares

Still, Dan has hope for 2022 and said it will be a "huge year" for cannabis. He believes US reforms will come sooner rather than later, and in his opinion those widely anticipated changes will bring a wave of M&A activity.

Specifically, he expects to see alcohol, tobacco and other consumer packaged goods companies making deals with cannabis players, not just cannabis entities doing transactions with each other.

"Those big alcohol companies, tobacco companies, other consumer packaged goods product companies — they're waiting. They're waiting on the US" — Dan Ahrens, AdvisorShares

Want more YouTube content? Check out our YouTube playlist At Home With INN, which features interviews with experts in the resource space. If there's someone you'd like to see us interview, please send an email to cmcleod@investingnews.com.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Charlotte McLeod, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

Editorial Disclosure: The Investing News Network does not guarantee the accuracy or thoroughness of the information reported in the interviews it conducts. The opinions expressed in these interviews do not reflect the opinions of the Investing News Network and do not constitute investment advice. All readers are encouraged to perform their own due diligence.

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Catch up on some of the biggest news of the week for the cannabis investment world.

Three political parties have formed a coalition in Germany, leading to a new government, and it has promised cannabis reform in the European nation.

Meanwhile, a popular cannabis retailer confirmed consumers will now find its products available for delivery on the Uber Eats mobile application in Ontario.

Keep reading to find out more cannabis highlights from the past five days.


Coalition of parties promises forward-looking cannabis policy

Germany, a country with comprehensive and elaborate medicinal rules for cannabis, is in a time of transition as a new government is set to begin to take over after 16 years of Angela Merkel.

Olaf Scholz, the proposed next chancellor of Germany, leads a three party coalition that will become the country's governing body. As part of its promises, talk of adult-use cannabis regulation has now gained even more momentum. A report from MJBizDaily quotes a German policy document that shows the coalition's stance:

"We are introducing the controlled distribution of cannabis to adults for consumption purposes in licensed shops. This controls the quality, prevents the transfer of contaminated substances and guarantees the protection of minors."

However, despite the promise and excitement, it remains to be seen how these ideas will be applied since no formal regulations have been drafted or approved yet.

Canadian cannabis retailer partners with popular delivery app

Tokyo Smoke, a cannabis retail operator in Canada owned by Canopy Growth (NASDAQ:CGC,TSX:WEED), announced a collaboration agreement with Uber Canada (NYSE:UBER) whereby cannabis consumers will be able to use the Uber Eats app to order products before they visit stores.

While the app won't let consumers get cannabis delivered to them, this new method opens the doors to more dynamic ways of buying cannabis.

"As a market leader in innovation and a platform used by so many Canadians, we believe this is the ideal next offering that can be done safely and conveniently on the Uber Eats app," Mark Hillard, vice president of operations with Tokyo Smoke, said in a press release.

A report from the Canadian Press indicates Ontario is considering allowing dispensaries to have delivery and pickup options made available to consumers permanently. The province allowed some of these purchasing options at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but then removed them.

Lola Kassim, general manager of Uber Eats Canada, said this new end-to-end experience will provide consumers with responsible access to legal cannabis products.

Cannabis company news

  • Organigram Holdings (NASDAQ:OGI,TSX:OGI) issued financial results for its Q4 2021 period. In its report, the company notes a net loss of C$26 million despite a 22 percent uptick in net revenue to C$24.9 million. Beena Goldenberg, the newly appointed CEO of the firm, is encouraged by the market share position earned by the company, which said it became the fourth biggest producer in Canada during the reporting period.
  • Halo Collective (NEO:HALO,OTCQB:HCANF) confirmed the decision for Akanda, its spinoff company focused on international cannabis opportunities, to begin trading on a US exchange. "The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined," the company told investors in a press release.
  • High Tide (NASDAQ:HITI,TSXV:HITI) announced the acquisition of 80 percent of NuLeaf Naturals, a CBD product wellness developer, for an estimated US$31.24 million. The deal includes a three year option clause for High Tide to complete a total acquisition. "As international markets open up and as export regulations evolve, NuLeaf's cGMP-certified facility positions us to take advantage of the global CBD business opportunity," Raj Grover, president and CEO of High Tide, said.
  • Humble & Fume (CSE:HMBL,OTC Pink:HUMBF) released the financial report for its first 2022 fiscal quarter to shareholders and the market. "As the legal cannabis market in North America continues to mature, Humble remains agile and focused on providing a leading solution for brands to scale quickly and retailers to focus on their customers," Joel Toguri, CEO of Humble, said.

Don't forget to follow us @INN_Cannabis for real-time updates!

Securities Disclosure: I, Bryan Mc Govern, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

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