Microsoft Growing Explosively, but Amazon Retains Huge Cloud Lead

While Microsoft is growing 90% year-over-year, Amazon Web Services remains bigger than its five next competitors – combined.

Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, Light Reading

October 31, 2017

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Microsoft Growing Explosively, but Amazon Retains Huge Cloud Lead

Microsoft is the fastest-growing of the four big US cloud service providers, with revenue up 90% year-over-year in the third quarter. But Amazon Web Services still commands more of the market than the next five-biggest players, according to market research.

While Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the fastest-growing cloud provider, Amazon Web Services Inc. and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) are doing very well too -- up 42% and 76%, respectively. IBM also gained – but not a lot, according to recent research from Canalys.

Figure 1:

Microsoft, Google and Alibaba are all growing their revenues faster than Amazon and are gaining market share as of the third quarter, according to a report from Synergy Research Group.

IBM is the third largest cloud provider, due primarily to strong leadership in hosted private cloud, according to Synergy.

Of the rest of the top eight cloud providers, Oracle is growing strongly, but from a small base, and Salesforce and Rackspace "maintain a strong position in specific niche segments," Synergy says.

Figure 2:

The Canalys and Synergy reports follow most major operators releasing their most recent quarterly earnings last week. (See For Amazon & Microsoft, the Cloud Keeps Giving.)

Synergy estimates quarterly cloud infrastructure revenues, including infrastructure, platform, and hosted private cloud, have now reached $12 billion, and are growing at more than 40% per year. That's similar to Canalys's findings of 43% growth on a $14.4 billion market.

"While we forecast 40% growth in the total market for 2017, there's still something a little shocking about seeing a business unit the size of AWS consistently growing its revenues by over 40%," said John Dinsdale, a chief analyst and research director at Synergy Research Group, in a statement. "Microsoft and Google too deserve plaudits for the growth rates they are achieving, while IBM is gaining market share in its sweet spot of hosted private cloud services. It is becoming increasingly difficult for cloud providers outside of the leading pack to make an impression on the market share rankings."

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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