Today there’s only 6 cloud providers in the game. I predict that in 3 years or less there will be only 3 players left i.e., an oligopoly. Below is the most recent data from Synergy Group to back up my assumption.
“Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains larger than its four main competitors combined in the cloud infrastructure service market. Microsoft can once again lay claim to having by far the highest revenue growth rate”
“…now six companies that can lay a valid claim to having annual cloud revenue run rates in excess of $5 billion – AWS, IBM, Microsoft, HP, Cisco and salesforce”
AWS Still Bigger than its Four Main Competitors Combined Despite Surging Growth
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.”
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