Will Microsoft Catch AWS in 2018?
Amazon Web Services leads the infrastructure as a service market, a finding virtually nobody would challenge, at least for the moment. For the moment, the issue is Microsoft’s role in IaaS, as it is, according to Gartner, the leader in best position, at the moment, to challenge AWS.
“AWS remains the dominant market leader, not only in IaaS, but also in integrated IaaS+PaaS, with an end-of-2016 revenue run rate of more than $14 billion,” Gartner says. “It continues to be the thought leader and the reference point for all competitors.”
By way of comparison, Microsoft Azure is second in market share, with revenue run rate of about $3 million. That suggests annual revenues higher than $12 million.