Amazon Web Services continues to dominate cloud computing, with 57 percent of technical professionals saying in a new survey that they run applications on AWS. That’s up from 54 percent a year earlier.
By comparison, Microsoft Azure’s cloud platform and infrastructure posted a combined score of just 19 percent. But Microsoft is making gains, posting a 6 point jump in the number of tech pros using its cloud infrastructure.
Google’s Cloud Platform offerings came in behind Azure, with 8 percent of survey respondents using Google App Engine, and only 5 percent using Google’s infrastructure products.
Unsurprisingly, Microsoft is seeing significantly better traction in large enterprises: 19 percent of enterprise users surveyed said that they used Azure’s infrastructure products, and 15 percent of enterprise cloud users said that they used Azure’s platform as a service products. 50 percent of enterprise users say that they have applications running on AWS, up from 49 percent in 2014.
Considering the amount of work Microsoft has put towards marketing Azure to large enterprises, along with the Redmond-based company’s existing hold on the enterprise IT market, it’s not a shock to see that large businesses are Microsoft’s core customers. There’s also room for that business to grow: a majority of enterprise users responding to the survey said that less than 20 percent of their company’s app portfolio is in the cloud.
Among smaller businesses, Amazon’s lead widens even further. 61 percent of respondents who work at companies with fewer than 1,000 employees said that they have applications running on AWS, compared to a paltry 9 percent of them who have workloads running on Azure’s infrastructure as a service products.
That’s good news for Amazon going forward: smaller startups that build their companies on top of AWS will likely want to stick with it as their business grows, meaning that their AWS bills will grow along with them.
Overall, it seems like Seattle’s two cloud giants are poised to reap the benefits of businesses’ ongoing transition away from on-premise infrastructure and towards a public or hybrid cloud deployment – no matter what the naysayers may think. Amazon has a commanding lead over technical mindshare, but Microsoft seems positioned to grow its business. Google Cloud Platform hasn’t posted substantial results yet, but 29 percent of all the people surveyed said that they were either experimenting with or planning to use GCP’s infrastructure as a service products.
Bottom line: the cloud wars are far from over.