Amazon leads the public cloud race. And Microsoft is the fastest growing provider of cloud infrastructure. So how does IBM figure into the conversation? The technology giant prefers to shift the conversation to hybrid clouds.

The public cloud services battle has essentially come down to six companies: Amazon (28 percent market share); Microsoft (10 percent); IBM (7 percent); Google (5 percent); Salesforce (4 percent) and Rackspace (3 percent) -- followed by numerous niche players, according to Synergy Research Group.

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