Talkin’ Cloud released its 4th Annual Talkin’ Cloud 100 report today, ranking the world’s most successful cloud service providers, cloud aggregators, cloud brokers and cloud platform providers. Talkin’ Cloud prepared this year’s list through research and surveys of companies that provide cloud services.

Among the big trends and changes in the 2014 Talkin’ Cloud 100 report are the following:

  • IBM unseated Salesforce.com for the top position on the list.
  • The Top 100 CSPs generated more than $23.4 billion in combined cloud services revenues in 2013, up 48 percent from what they reported the previous year.
  • About 78 percent of the ranked companies leverage IaaS platforms/service providers, and the most commonly used provider is Amazon Web Services (EC2) (33 percent), followed by Microsoft Windows Azure (23 percent).
  • Companies use a wide variety of SaaS solutions. The most commonly leveraged provider is Microsoft Office 365 (45 percent).
  • The most commonly leveraged PaaS platforms/service providers were Amazon Web Services (25 percent), followed by Microsoft Windows Azure (21 percent), and Google App Engine (16 percent).

"We’re seeing rapid fire growth in the emergent cloud computing business and stiffening competition worldwide,” said Marcia Parker, Executive Director, Penton Technology Group, of which Talkin’ Cloud is a part.

The Talkin’ Cloud 100 report recognizes top cloud service providers based on metrics including annual cloud services revenue.

“There’s a land grab in the cloud computing market,” said Charlene O’Hanlon, Senior Executive Editor of Talkin’ Cloud. “The Talkin’ Cloud 100 companies are leading that land grab.

The listing of 2014 Talkin’ Cloud 100 companies is available here.  To download the summary report of top service providers and trends (free with user registration) click here.