Salesforce vs AWS: Comparing the Top PaaS

salesforce vs awsWe’re comparing Salesforce vs AWS to find which Platform as a Service is the most beneficial for businesses. The Salesforce1 platform is often brushed aside in favor of Amazon Web Services’ cloud platform AWS, but is that founded on reason or pre-existing popularity?

We’ll find out as we look at Salesforce vs AWS below in a few different categories.

Salesforce vs AWS: Comparing PaaS Clouds

Salesforce offers a platform of cloud-based apps under the name Salesforce1. This PaaS brings together, Heroku, and ExactTarget into one suite of cloud services for users who are looking for scale and speed. Salesforce1 enables users to build open-API apps, access back-end services, integration tools, ready-to-use templates, all within a “powerful developer environment.”

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is undeniably the leader in cloud computing services – these services together make up the largest cloud computing platform in the world. AWS operates from twelve geographic regions internationally, with some of the most notable being the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). AWS exists for companies that want to take advantage of a massive computing network and capacity without forking over the millions or billions to build that environment or server farm on their own.

Salesforce announces AWS is preferred public cloud provider

Note: Salesforce has now announced that AWS is their preferred public cloud provider. They have made it clear that they are “decoupling” from developing and providing cloud infrastructure due to the overwhelming success of AWS and the limits of their own capabilities in the face of Amazon’s growth. Check out this quote from ZDNet

“Salesforce is decoupling from providing infrastructure. Salesforce said it will continue to invest and support its own data centers. But let’s get real: Salesforce isn’t likely to be as efficient as AWS over time. The AWS-Salesforce deal is the first step toward moving more workloads to the public cloud.

Brent Bracelin, an analyst at Pacific Crest, said in a research note: “Friends don’t let friends build data centers. This quote originated from an AWS enterprise customer but embodies a growing sentiment toward preferring to rent versus build the entire stack. Why build when you can rent part of the $17 billion investment AWS will have made into a global footprint of data centers and machines by year-end? Over the next five years, we estimate investments could top $50 billion if demand for its cloud services continues to rise.”

If even Salesforce has admitted defeat and surrendered to Amazon Web Services, perhaps that may be a sign that it’s time for you to do the same. With Amazon Web Services occupying the top spot for all public cloud providers for the past few years and no change in sight, Salesforce’s decision to use AWS infrastructure to host their products instead of continuing to try and build their own infrastructure is likely a clever one. AWS holds the number one spot for public cloud market share, with Microsoft in second place, IBM in third, and Google in fourth. Salesforce is much further down the list, somewhere near number twenty.

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