Cloud Service Provider

A cloud service provider or cloud provider is an organisation or entity that offers cloud computing products and services to businesses and individuals alike. A CSP generally provides three types of services:

Points to Remember

  • Generally, services provided by cloud providers are available as an on-demand and pay-per-use purchase. However, cloud providers may also offer some of their services on a subscription basis.
  • A cloud service provider can fulfil his role as a private cloud provider, a public cloud provider, a hybrid cloud provider or as a community cloud provider.


  • There are several cloud service providers in the market. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is one of the most popular cloud providers that offers its services to millions of customers around the globe.

Other renowned cloud providers are Cisco, Google Cloud Platform, Oracle, Rackspace, IBM (SoftLayer), Citrix, Microsoft Azure, SAP and Verizon.