Amazon is clearing the leader according to a new report. Amazon Web Services dominates the cloud with 28% of the overall market, with Microsoft Azure making gains but still commanding just 10% of the market.
All the partnerships and maneuvering has been interesting since AWS marketshare significantly increased over the past 7 years. With this latest announcement, Microsoft and Cisco are partnering on development technologies that allow developers to use a common API to develop new applications that work on premise or on Azure. With the partnership, Cisco will be merging their API (called APIC) with Microsoft API (called WAP). When complete, You can choose to run your application on premise in your on datacenter on either Microsoft’s or Cisco’s cloud platform.
With today’s announcement, Microsoft and Cisco announced a new technology platform, called “Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform.”
Microsoft Azure has made incredible progress over the past 2 years chasing the “big dog” Amazon AWS. However, when you own a small percentage of the market, growth rates are misleading.
However, the growth of Azure does indicate Microsoft is clearly in second place and beating Google, IBM and Salesforce. Like most pundits and bloggers, I believe it’s a 3 horse race between Amazon, Microsoft & Google.
Microsoft Azure: Fastest-Growing Big Cloud Provider – By Joe Panettieri (@JoePanettieri)
In terms of growth rates, Microsoft (up 96 percent) showed the greatest progress in 2014, followed by Google (81 percent), Amazon (51 percent), IBM (48 percent) and Salesforce.com (37 percent), Synergy estimates.
This is a great article if you are new to Big Data / Hadoop.
Whether you’re running it on premises or in the cloud, Hadoop leaves a lot to be desired in the ease-of-use department. The Hadoop offerings on the three major cloud platforms (Amazon’s Elastic MapReduce — EMR, Microsoft’s Azure HDInsight and Google Compute Engine’s Click-to-Deploy Hadoop) have their warts. And the three major on-premises distributions (Cloudera CDH, Hortonworks HDP and MapR) can be formidable adversaries to casual users as well.
I recommend reading the entire article by Andrew J Brust.
Kyle Hilgendorf, the Research Director for Gartner, mentions that AWS is still the leader overall but he suggests that Azure is closing in quicker than most realize. Hilgendorf was quoted as saying, “The race has just begun, and it’s a very long race.” Hilgendorf made this comment at a recent presentation hosted by AWS.
San Francisco, 10/20/14
Nadella said Azure was also adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350 million active directory user base. Those users combined have stored more than 30 trillion objects so far, according to Nadella.