A pile of dollar bills, to represent the article theme of Cut Cloud-Hosting Costs

Taming Runaway Cloud Expenses: How I Cut Cloud-Hosting Costs by 32%

March 14, 2020
Editor's Note: We are delighted to feature a guest author on Cloud Wars today. This is the first in 2-part series by Steve Schechter, an IT Director based in Hong Kong. Part 2 will run on Saturday, March 21. At a recent client engagement, I was told to cut cloud-hosting costs by 30%. That was
Google Cloud has snatched MLB as a customer from AWS

Google Tops Amazon As Big Customer Defects for Better ML and Analytics

March 5, 2020
In a showdown between two of the world’s top technology companies, Google Cloud has snatched AWS client Major League Baseball (MLB) on the strength of multiple Google technologies plus its YouTube and Ad Manager businesses. Looking to take its “personalized and immersive fan experiences” to higher levels, MLB selected Google and Google Cloud for their
Cover image for Cloud Wars Live Podcast: Calling Jeff Bezos: It's Time to Spin Out AWS

Calling Jeff Bezos: It’s Time to Spin Out AWS! | Ammirati on Innovation

March 3, 2020
Each month, “Ammirati on Innovation” episodes will look at ways that the disruptive-startup mentality is spreading beyond young entrepreneurs to big established corporations. Serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and Carnegie Mellon B-school professor Sean Ammirati, who sits at the intersection of these high-change dynamics, provides insight. Episode 10 In this episode, Sean and I focus on the
Screenshot from one of the AWS Super Bowl Ads with Aaron Rodgers

AWS Super Bowl Ads Draw This Reaction from Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian

February 17, 2020
During the recent Super Bowl, AWS showcased its big-data and analytics prowess through its ongoing high-visibility campaign of TV ads built around NFL plays and the endless array of statistics surrounding them.   Quarterback Aaron Rodgers in one of AWS' Next-Gen Stats commercials So when Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian spoke at the recent Goldman
AWS CEO Andy Jassy said it's folklore to believe Amazon takes over industries

Open Letter to AWS CEO Andy Jassy: People Aren’t as Dumb as You Think

February 14, 2020
Dear Andy: Here at Cloud Wars, we’re big admirers of your company, which is #2 on the Cloud Wars Top 10 behind #1 Microsoft. We're also fans of you, whom we selected as 2018 CEO of the Year. But that well-earned respect aside, I want to briefly address a comment you made the other day
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai explains how Google Cloud might catch Amazon

If Google Wants to Catch Amazon in the Cloud, M&A Is the Key

February 5, 2020
While Google Cloud reported an impressive 53% growth rate for Q4 and an annualized run rate of $10.4 billion, the law of bigger numbers reveals that the only way it can catch #2 Amazon in the cloud is through aggressive M&A. As the below graphic reveals in detail, even if Google Cloud can maintain growth
Cloud Wars analyzes the TechCrunch story on Microsoft vs. AWS cloud

AWS Thrashing Microsoft, Says TechCrunch—But Revenue Numbers Tell Opposite Story

February 4, 2020
A very large, successful and well-respected tech-media company last week wrote that “Microsoft is miles behind the cloud leader” (AWS) and is “still struggling to gain meaningful ground on AWS’s lead.” However, official financial documents released by both companies last week clearly show that Microsoft’s cloud business is much larger than that for Amazon’s AWS
Microsoft says that its cloud migrations are 5X cheaper than Amazon's

Why Microsoft and Not Amazon Is #1 in Cloud: Migrations Are 5X Cheaper

January 10, 2020
Microsoft’s long-time expertise with on-premises technology has helped it deliver cloud migrations that are often 5X less expensive than those offered by cloud-native archrival AWS, according to a Microsoft executive. Speaking at an investors conference last month, Microsoft corporate vice-president for cloud marketing Takeshi Numoto offered the following perspective on the dynamics involved when large
Microsoft Azure is the cloud of choice for CIOs, according to a Goldman Sachs survey

Amazon’s Worst Nightmare Comes True: Microsoft Azure #1 among CIOs

January 8, 2020
Among 100 CIOs at large global companies, Microsoft Azure has become significantly more popular than Amazon’s AWS as the public-cloud infrastructure of choice, according to a Goldman Sachs survey. While Goldman Sachs emphasized that the survey measures volumes of workloads rather than revenue, the news that 56 of the 100 CIOs surveyed are using Azure
Cloud Wars analyzes the biggest challenge for AWS in 2020

Amazon Vs. Oracle: AWS’s #1 Challenge Is Larry Ellison’s Autonomous Database

January 3, 2020
In a highly publicized cutover, Amazon recently completed a multi-year mission to migrate its massive consumer business from Oracle databases to AWS databases, complete with a snappy minute-long celebration video on YouTube. As it shut off the final Oracle database for its consumer business, Amazon announced that it’s thrilled with all of the results from