Microsoft is seriously closing the gap with Amazon in the cloud wars, according to a survey of IT professionals

Microsoft is seriously closing the gap with Amazon in the cloud wars, according to a survey of IT professionals


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  • According to Flexera’s RightScale 2019State of the Cloud Report,Microsoft Azureis closing the gap in market adoption withAmazon Web Services.
  • Within the past year, adoption ofMicrosoft Azuregrew from 45% to 52% among survey respondents, whileAWSis now used by 61% of companies surveyed, the study found.
  • Most companies have a multi-cloud strategy, using an average of five public and private clouds, so companies may choose to use both Microsoft Azure andAWS,the report finds.

Amazon Web Services may be the leader in cloud computing, but Microsoft Azure is rapidly catching up.

Within the past year,Microsoft Azureadoption grew from 45% to 52%, according to Flexera’s annual RightScale 2019State of the Cloud Report. Flexera, which helps companies manage their software and cloud infrastructure, surveyed 786 IT professionals in small, medium, and large companies.

In comparison to Microsoft,Amazon Web Servicesis used by 61% of companies, the survey indicates, down from 64% last year. Among the largest enterprises,Microsoftadoption is at an even higher share of 60%, while 67% of those enterprises useAWS.

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Google still remains in third place, with the use of Google Cloud only increasing slightly. 19% of companies use Google Cloud, up from 18% last year, the survey indicates. That being said, enterprises showed the most interest in using Google Cloud for future projects — 41% said they would be down to experiment with it.

Keep in mind, too, that the study indicates that 84% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy, meaning that they’re relying on a mixture of different cloud vendors and their own data centers to host their computing infrastructure. The survey shows that companies use 5 clouds in average overall, either from a big vendor or in their own data center — which is why the percentages add up to over 100%.

AWSwas a$25.65 billion businessin 2018.Last quarter, sales at Amazon Web Services rose 45% from the period a year ago to $7.4 billion. It generated $2.2 billion in operating income last quarter, which was more than two-thirds ofAmazon‘s entire operating income for the period.

In comparison, last quarter, Microsoft Azure saw76% revenue growthfrom the same period a year ago but the company doesn’t break out specific figures, making it hard to compare exactly.

Analysts previously told Business Insider that Amazon’spartnership with VMwareis a way for the company to keep a check onMicrosoft at the largest customers.Both VMware and Microsoft traditionally have had stronger standingamong enterprises,owing to their longer legacies of working with those types of big customer. However,Microsoft is reportedly pursuing a deal with VMware of its very own, too.

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