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public cloud market share Canalys Q1 2017

Demand for public cloud infrastructure services continues to be one of the hottest growth stories in technology.

New market share results out from Canalys Tuesday morning show 42 percent growth in the market for infrastructure services in the first quarter of 2017, compared to last year. Amazon Web Services still holds a sizable lead over its competitors, and it grew at the same pace as the overall market, according to the research.

Microsoft and Google, the second and third-place vendors, grew much faster than the overall market (and AWS) but remain pretty far behind the pace set by AWS. IBM, the fourth player in this group, grew slower than the overall market with 37 percent growth.

Canalys said that establishing channel programs has helped cloud vendors reach more customers who need a little bit of a push into the cloud, which is a benefit to AWS and Microsoft. Google understands that it needs to get better at enterprise sales, according to the report, but has yet to prove itself.

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