Amazon, Watch Out – Microsoft Has The Fastest-Growing Cloud

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But can it ever threaten Amazon’s 30 percent global market share?

Microsoft has achieved the highest year-on-year revenue growth when it comes to cloud, outperforming the growth of competitors Amazon Web Services, Google, IBM, and Rackspace.

New Q4 data from Synergy Research Group shows that really strong sequential growth at Amazon Web Services (AWS) propelled it to a five-year high in its share of the cloud infrastructure service market.

25 percent revenue growth from Q3 enabled AWS to grab a 30 percent worldwide market share in the final quarter of the year.

Microsoft has the highest year-on-year revenue growth

But it was Microsoft that grabbed the highest year-on-year revenue growth, followed by Google, as all three cloud operators outperformed the total market growth and gained market share.

IBM growth was broadly in line with the market so its overall market share held steady, while it continued to lead in the private & hybrid service segment. For full-year 2014 AWS share of theMicrosoft worldwide market was 28 percent, followed by Microsoft (10 percent), IBM (7 percent), Google (5 percent), Salesforce (4 percent) and Rackspace (3 percent).

“Many actual or perceived barriers to cloud adoption have now been removed and the worldwide market is on a strong growth trajectory,” said John Dinsdale, an analyst and at Synergy Research Group.

“The momentum that has been built up at AWS and Microsoft is particularly impressive. They have an ever-broadening portfolio of services and they are also benefitting from a slowdown in the super-aggressive price competition that was a feature of the first half of 2014.”

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