In Pictures: Top 10 Amazon cloud challengers

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

Company: Dimension Data

Why they have a shot: Since entering the public Compute as a Service (CaaS) market with its 2011 acquisition of enterprise cloud specialist OpSource, Dimension Data has used its worldwide presence and its $6 billion deep pockets to build its reputation. Its offerings are priced aggressively, it has proven reliability (backed by 100 percent SLAs) and has built a significant cloud ecosystem by fostering hosting partnerships with a long list of ISVs. Dimension Data recently launched WAN optimization services to help speed up application performance and this month rolled out an optional backup and recovery service.

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