The IT marketplace Spiceworks surveyed 452 businesses on how they use cloud from providers like Amazon , Microsoft , and Google . These businesses rated Amazon Web Services as the best cloud for maximum uptime, Microsoft Azure as the best for compatibility, and Google Cloud the best for simplicity of management. Over a third of businesses also told Spiceworks that they're open to using smaller, local cloud providers. Click here for more BI Prime stories. When IT professionals representing 452 businesses were asked to rate the clouds from Amazon, Microsoft, and Google, they said each of those vendors have different strengths. In this survey , conducted by IT marketplace Spiceworks , the three clouds — Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud — all ranked similarly for most of their core technological features. Still, each stands out for a different reason. Amazon Web Services earned the top marks for maximum uptime, data security, and value for money -- all of which customers see as some of the most critical things they will think about when picking a cloud.