Study Reveals That Microsoft Azure Is Leading PaaS Over Amazon, Heroku, Etc.

G2 Crowd, a business software review platform, published its Fall 2015 Grid for Platform as a Service (PaaS) providers. Microsoft Azure stood out as a clear leader in the field over the seven competitors who made the grid. Other PaaS providers that landed in the Leaders quadrant included Heroku and OpenShift. G2 selected for and positioned PaaS providers on the grid based on customer satisfaction (user reviews) and scale (market share, vendor size and social impact).

Microsoft Azure took the top spot with a G2 score of 89. Azure led in both satisfaction (94) and market presence (84). Heroku (77 G2 score) and OpenShift (60 G2 score) also achieved Leaders status and scored significantly better than the High Performers (Digital Ocean), Contenders (Google App Engine and AWS Elastic Beanstalk) and Niche (Cloud Foundry).

The satisfaction rating aims to identify the likelihood of users recommending the product to others, as determined by satisfaction ratings in reviews, the number of reviews received and how recently the reviews were submitted. The market presence rating is affected by the number of employees, social impact (based on Klout score, Twitter and LinkedIn), market share, momentum on Web traffic, company age, employee satisfaction and revenue.

G2 Crowd uses a grid scoring system to rank software companies across numerous categories. G2 compiled data from 200 reviews to create the Fall 2015 PaaS Grid. G2 defined PaaS as a "computing platform that provides users with the tools to develop, run, and manage web applications." In addition to the grid scoring system, G2 provides a buying assistant, a PaaS Guide and a Compare Tool to provide further insights into the industry players. To learn more about G2 Crowd research and methods, or about the PaaS report, visit G2 Crowd.

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