AWS has challenges though, Gartner notes. While it has a tool to link on-premise data to its cloud, named AWS Storage Gateway, the ability to create hybrid storage architectures that span both on-premise storage options and AWS's cloud is still largely a work in progress, Gartner says. AWS is an innovative company that continues to release products and services to round out its already-market leading position though. With services geared to specific vertical industries, most notably the federal government agencies with its GovCloud service, it has a wide breadth and depth of cloud storage features and services.
More information on Amazon Web Service's cloud storage options.
AT&T's Synaptic cloud storage service is aligned closely with EMC's Atmos storage service, which is used as an on-premise storage system. This creates an opportunity for AT&T to sell into the strong EMC customer base, and gives customers hybrid cloud capabilities with a leading storage vendor. Gartner says this has been focused mostly on small and midsized businesses though. Still, AT&T claims it has recorded double-digit growth in its service, with several billion objects stored in its cloud. AT&T Synaptic already spans multiple regions, which customers can choose to take advantage of, with plans by AT&T to expand the service globally, with Europe being the next stop. Customers using AT&T's VPN service are freed from ingress and egress charges when using the company's cloud service.
Google Cloud Storage
Launched in 2010, Google Cloud Storage is the underlying storage service for the company's other cloud products and services, including Google App Engine - the application development platform - Google Compute Engine, and BigQuery, which are cloud-based virtual machines and a big data analysis tool, respectively. Customers access Google Cloud Storage through a restful API and the service is available in both the U.S. and Europe. Holding the company and its cloud storage platform back though is a relative lack of significant sales and support targeted at enterprise customers, Gartner notes. That leaves Google Cloud Storage ideally suited for sophisticated customers willing to set up and manage the deployment, and specifically developers looking for large storage capacity for Google applications.
More information on Google Cloud Storage.