Although there are many cloud computing vendors in the marketplace, some of the major players are making strong moves towards the top. In an article taken from Redmond Channel Partner, Jeffrey Schwartz describes the increasing usage of Microsoft and Google’s respective cloud platforms. The following is taken from Schwartz, article, Microsoft, Google Gaining on AWS, But Not Quickly Enough. To read the full article, follow the link at the bottom of the page.
As the current cloud field stands, leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) may be ceding some market share to Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), but the challengers still have a lot of ground to make up. Among the big three public cloud infrastructure providers, Microsoft Azure has clearly established itself as No. 2. Considering that it’s a distant second, Azure has gained considerable ground on Amazon Web Services over the past year. While Azure still has a reasonable lead over the Google Cloud Platform, the latter has also grown significantly.As the competitors move closer, AWS remains poised to hold on to its clear lead. The RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Report shows that 57 percent of customers are currently running applications in AWS, the same number as last year. Meanwhile, 34 percent are running apps in Azure, compared with 20 percent last year; and 15 percent are using GCP, up from 10 percent last year.
The survey of 1,002 RightScale IT professionals also found that 21 percent are experimenting with Azure, compared with 17 percent kicking the tires on AWS and GCP. Among those who plan to use particular public clouds in the future, 10 percent will run apps in AWS, 12 percent in Azure and 13 percent in GCP. While 95 percent are using some form of cloud offering, only 22 percent have all their systems running in public clouds. And when it comes to public clouds, 85 percent say they intend to use more than one provider.
Google has gained ground since it has tapped VMware founder Diane Greene to run its enterprise cloud business and recently announced a number of key customers including HSBC, Colgate, Verizon and eBay. Google also announced a partnership with SAP to integrate its enterprise applications with GCP and G Suite, and with Pivotal and Rackspace to provide customer support.
Other Cloud vendors, IBM and Oracle, might be farther behind the three leaders, but shouldn’t be ignored, given the footprint of their on-premises hardware, software and application infrastructure. Both reported strong growth in their respective cloud businesses in the most recent quarter. The two companies ranked fourth and fifth in the RightScale survey, with 8 percent saying they’re now running apps in the IBM Cloud, 9 percent experimenting and 8 percent planning to use its offerings. Only 3 percent said they’re running apps in the Oracle cloud, 7 percent are experimenting and 8 percent are in the pipeline.
Ginni Rometty, IBM’s chairman, president and CEO, believes Big Blue has done better than anyone else, but make no mistake: AI and cognitive computing are at the center of the investments AWS, Microsoft and Google have made throughout their cloud computing fabrics.