In Pictures: Top 10 Amazon cloud challengers

Here are 10 companies and why they have a shot at challenging Amazon.

Company: Terremark (a Verizon company)

Why they have a shot: In 2011, Verizon bought big into the cloud with its $1.4 billion purchase of Terremark, a leader in VMware-virtualized public IaaS cloud offerings. The brand has grown to include a Private Edition that offers single tenant public cloud; Managed Edition (formerly the Verizon public cloud offering); Express Edition (a pay by the VM public offering); and, Public Sector (a federal community cloud.) Verizon has embraced open standards like Rackspace did with OpenStack, but backs a competing open source cloud scheme, CloudStack.

High-profile customer: Quest Information Systems

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