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
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Speaking at TechEd Europe, Russinovich essentially says OpenStack isn’t ready for prime time.
“I think [OpenStack] is an interesting one, but an extremely challenging one to build up. Cloud platform as an open model, especially with the dynamic of lots of companies stacked up trying to leverage it and wanting to take it, and innovate on it. This is at odds with the consistent platform message that OpenStack wants to carry with it.”