10 Hot Software-Defined Cloud Data Center Companies: 2022 SDDC 50

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10 Red-Hot Cloud Data Center Providers In 2022

Hyperscaler cloud behemoths are pushing the software-defined cloud data center envelope with robust new capabilities including breakthrough machine learning and AI capabilities.

Microsoft Azure is leading the pack with new previews for Azure OpenAI and new AI dashboards in Azure Machine Learning.

Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella recently pointed out that the Azure OpenAI service is helping CarMax turn customer reviews into customized content for shoppers looking to purchase a used car.

Nadella said Azure Machine Learning’s “number of monthly inference requests increased 86 percent year over year with companies like PepsiCo using the service to predict which products are most likely to sell.”

New multicloud and multivendor capabilities are also front and center.

IBM, which is aiming for hybrid cloud computing and AI leadership, recently unveiled a multiyear strategic collaboration agreement to offer IBM automation, AI, security and other offerings through the AWS Marketplace.

“You have technology, but you also have to work with an ecosystem,” said IBM Chairman and CEO Arvind Krishna. “No one company has all of the expertise, has all of the technologies that any of our clients need to be able to scale their businesses. So you must, must work on co-creating within a large ecosystem.”

As for AI, Krishna said that with 2.5 quintillion bytes of data being created every day, AI is the “only technology” that can be used to harness that amount of data. He said a recent IBM study revealed that 35 percent of companies are now acknowledging they are beginning to use AI.

“Why are they doing it?” he asked. “Because when you look at all the shifts that are going on—on labor, on demographics—AI offers the chance to really automate and begin to take complexity and cost out of enterprise processes.”

Amazon Web Services, meanwhile, continues its relentless innovation offensive with the general availability of AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) C7g instances powered by its Graviton3 processors. That is providing up to 25 percent better compute performance than current instances, according to the company.

“We hire builders who are always thinking about inventing on behalf of customers, looking for ways to simplify, and they do not accept the premise that we have to build things a certain way because this is how things are always done,” said Swami Sivasubramanian, vice president of data, analytics and machine learning services at AWS, during his recent AWS Summit keynote address.

That drive to invent on behalf of customers is ushering in a breakneck pace of software-defined innovation among hyperscaler cloud providers.

CRN breaks down the 10 software-defined cloud data center companies that are leading the way in 2022.


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