In Pictures: Top 10 Amazon cloud challengers

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

Company: Microsoft

Why they have a shot: The Redmond giant has thrown its full weight behind its Azure Cloud Services with both rapid-fire service enhancements and pricing schemes aimed squarely at Amazon’s sweet spot. The original Platform as a Service offering for .Net developers has rapidly evolved into a more open PaaS supporting multiple web languages. In June 2012, it added an IaaS offering that supports just about any application. Microsoft recently announced that customers can use Active Directory that is based within the Azure cloud to gate access to resources hosted there. It has also extended the reach of its System Center Management platform to provide insight into the performance of resources hosted within Azure.

High-profile customer: Toyota

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