Microsoft ahead of the pack in chasing Amazon: report

Staff writer
13 May 2014

Microsoft has grown its cloud infrastructure service revenues remarkably in the last year and is now pulling away from the pack of operators that are chasing Amazon (AWS).

New first quarter data from Synergy Research Group also showed that Amazon retains its dominant position, with a market share that is greater than the aggregated share of its four nearest rivals, but Microsoft has now established itself as the clear number two in the market.

With most of the major operators having now released their earnings data for the first quarter, Synergy estimates that quarterly cloud infrastructure service revenues (including IaaS, PaaS and private and hybrid cloud) have reached $3.5 billion, with trailing twelve-month revenues amounting to $12 billion.

With the total market growing at an annual rate of almost 50%, Amazon, Microsoft, IBM and Google have all gained market share over the last four quarters.

Total Amazon AWS revenues are now well in excess of $1 billion per quarter, with nearly all of that coming from cloud infrastructure services. IBM and Microsoft too can claim impressive cloud revenues, but in their cases much of the cloud revenue comes from software/SaaS, cloud-related hardware products or associated professional and technical services.

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