Azure, Microsoft’s cloud service, outperformed its rivals, however Amazon Internet Providers nonetheless dominates the sector. Why?

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Tech giants compete on many grounds and one among them is the cloud . At the moment, Amazon dominates the marketplace for cloud companies, adopted by Microsoft’s Azure and Google Cloud . Nevertheless, Microsoft experiences reveal that its earnings for this idea throughout 2020 have been above these obtained collectively by Amazon Internet Providers (AWS) and Google in the identical interval.

Final 12 months, the corporate based by Invoice Gates reported $ 59 billion in cloud income . Azure, Microsoft’s cloud , was the corporate’s quickest rising product within the final quarter of 2020, producing $ 16.7 billion. This represents a progress of 34% in comparison with the identical interval of 2019.

In distinction, Amazon Internet Providers made about $ 45.4 billion in income in 2020 , whereas Google Cloud made $ 13 billion . Regardless of these figures, AWS retains the most important market share, the place is the catch?

The determine given by Microsoft doesn’t solely replicate Azure gross sales, since in the identical assertion the corporate defined that “the acceleration in demand for our differentiated choices boosted revenues from the business cloud .” In different phrases, the outcomes additionally cowl OneDrive and different companies.

Credit score: Canalys.com

The COVID-19 pandemic compelled thousands and thousands of individuals to work, research, talk, entertain themselves and store on-line, triggering the event of the cloud. The British consultancy Canalys , specialised in know-how, estimates that in 2020 international spending on cloud infrastructure was about 142,000 million {dollars}, which represents 33% greater than the earlier 12 months.