Public cloud storage services: Which solution is best?

IT Central Station users review the highest reviewed solutions in the public cloud storage services market.


Huge changes to global markets have changed how businesses operate. More than ever, business is going digital and those that lead in the adoption of the digital platform have delivered tangible success. To remain competitive, business leaders must consider digitalisation themselves, and ensure they have the right storage infrastructure in place to capitalise on it effectively.

Over 388,000 professionals have used IT Central Station research to inform their purchasing decisions. Their latest paper looks at the highest rated public cloud storage services vendors, profiling each and examining what they can offer enterprise.

Here’s a breakdown of the key players currently active in the market:


NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP

Average Rating: 8.6

Top Comparison: Red Hat Ceph Storage

Overview: The leading enterprise-grade storage management solution, delivers secure, proven storage management services and supports up to a capacity of 368TB.

Microsoft Azure File Storage

Average Rating: 7.8

Top Comparison: Amazon EFS

Overview: Fully managed file shares that use the standard SMB 3.0 protocol.

Azure NetApp Files

Average Rating: 8.4

Top Comparison: Microsoft Azure File Storage

Overview: Allows users to target any of their business-critical file workloads with extreme file throughput with sub-millisecond response times.

Amazon EFS (Elastic File System)

Average Rating: 8.0

Top Comparison: Microsoft Azure File Storage

Overview: Storage capacity is elastic, growing and shrinking automatically as users add and remove files, so applications have the storage they need, when users need it.

Google Cloud Storage

Average Rating: 8.8

Top Comparison: Amazon EFS

Overview: Offers developers and IT organisations durable and highly available object storage.

Microsoft Azure Block Storage

Average Rating: 7.9

Top Comparison: Amazon S3 Glacier

Overview: Massively scalable cloud storage for applications. Store and help protect user data.

Amazon S3

Average Rating: 8.8

Top Comparison: Oracle Cloud Object Storage

Overview: Storage for the Internet. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.

Amazon S3 Glacier

Average Rating: 9.0

Top Comparison: Microsoft Azure File Storage

Overview: A secure, durable, and extremely low-cost cloud storage service for data archiving and long-term backup.

Microsoft Azure Object Storage

Average Rating: 7.5

Top Comparison: Amazon S3 Glacier

Overview: REST-based object storage for unstructured data in the cloud.

Google Cloud Storage Nearline

Average Rating: 8.0

Top Comparison: Amazon EFS

Overview:  A low-cost, highly durable, and highly available storage service for infrequently accessed data, data archiving, online backup and disaster recovery.

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