Cloud vendors with Windows

Thomas Uhrig · May 13, 2014

The cloud is build on Linux - that is my own humbling opinion. But is it really? To answer this question for myself, I took a look at a bunch of cloud vendors to see what they got under the hood. Here is what I found.

But note that the list is neither complete nor representative. I am also comparing two very different things: IaaS and PaaS. While IaaS vendors like AWS provide virtual machines, PaaS vendors like Heroku provide a tooling to setup complete environments.

However, the list shows that most of the vendors use Linux as their base system and the more you go to the PaaS direction, the more Windows vanishes.

Vendor Windows Linux Type Comment
Microsoft Azure yes yes IaaS  
AWS yes yes IaaS AWS has a lot of Linux distributions and Windows version on their IaaS EC2.
AWS Elastic Beanstalk yes yes IaaS  
eNlight Cloud yes yes   CentOS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux, Oracle Linux, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, Window Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7.
Google App Engine     PaaS Google App Engine has a sandbox and hides the OS.
Google Compute Engine yes yes IaaS Linux, FreeBSD, Microsoft Windows
Heroku   yes PaaS Ubuntu
Jelastic   yes PaaS  
HP Cloud   yes IaaS Based on OpenStack.
OpenShift   yes PaaS Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Engine Yard   yes PaaS Ubuntu, Gentoo
Rackspace yes yes    
Cloud Foundry   yes PaaS  

Best regards, Thomas