Table comparing Q1 cloud revenue for Microsoft, AWS and Google Cloud

Q1 Cloud Revenue Roundup: Microsoft, AWS and Google Total $26.3 Billion

May 5, 2020
The cloud industry’s 3 big hyperscalers generated Q1 revenue of $26.3 billion, with Microsoft contributing half of that and AWS and Google combining for the other $13 billion. Growth rates for all three cloud powerhouses continue to be impressive as well:  Google Cloud (#4 on the Cloud Wars Top 10) at 52%; Microsoft (#1 on
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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
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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
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Ammirati on Innovation podcast: What will Walmart, Slack, and AWS do in 2020?

Sean’s 2020: Walmart Buys, Slack Sells, AWS Set Free | Ammirati on Innovation

January 10, 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 9 In this episode, Sean and I go through his
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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
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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
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Salesforce announces new integrations with Microsoft Teams

Amazon Jilted as Salesforce and Microsoft Pair Up for IaaS and Teams

November 15, 2019
The new cloudmance between Salesforce and Microsoft represents a stinging blow to Amazon, which only a few years ago was smothered in Salesforce affection as its one and only “preferred public cloud infrastructure provider.” Yeah, I know, ‘the only constant is change’ and all that. But let’s put this dramatic move by Marc Benioff into
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Amazon Q3 growth rate

As #2 Amazon Falls Farther Behind #1 Microsoft, Will it Expand into SaaS?

November 4, 2019
Most CEOs the world over would swap serious parts of their anatomy for the “problems” that Amazon’s AWS cloud unit is confronting: Q3 revenue up “only” 35% to $9 billion. But life in the Cloud Wars is definitely not like it is in most other industries. And Amazon has only its stellar performances of the
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