CIO survey finds Microsoft Azure will overtake Amazon AWS for Infrastructure as a Service

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Amazon has the lion’s share of the coud services market but Microsoft’s Azure is a fast growing second.

The market consists of Infrastructure as a Service (the underlying servers, storage and networks necessary for cloud computing) and Platform as a Service (the higher-level tools and services needed to create and deploy cloud applications).

Now a new survey of 100 Chief Information Officers (CIO) (75 from USA and 25 from Europe) suggests that by 2019 Microsoft’s Azure will overtake Amazon’s AWS with more than 30% of Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) market share.

The survey, conducted by Morgan Stanley, shows roughly 31 percent of the CIOs will be using Azure for IaaS, up from 12%, versus around 30 percent using AWS (up from 21% at present).

The size of the public-cloud IaaS is set to grow strongly, with only 10% of CIOs expecting not to be part of the market, down from 55% holdouts at present.

The survey found Azure (18% share) is already leading AWS (16% share) in PaaS, and Azure will grow even further to 27.8% vs 22.4% for AWS.

The 95% of CIOs also believe that their spending on Software as a Service (SaaS) will either be flat or increase over the next 3 years, up from 90% in a 2015 survey asking the same question.

Applications like Adobe, HubSpot and Salesforce are expected by migrate to the public cloud at an accelerating rate and on-premise apps are expected to decrease.

The growth of the market is good news for Microsoft as they pivot increasingly to a cloud company, and it seems in many ways the more important cloud becomes, the more companies wish to turn to trusted vendors such as Microsoft.

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