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Microsoft is closing the gap with Amazon's cloud while Google Cloud is growing fastest among large companies, according to a survey of 750 professionals (AMZN, MSFT, GOOG, GOOGL)

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 09 Jun 2021

<p><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/5cb4b19e8955117cb74c34f3-2400/googlenext20190409093841-0747alivecoverage.jpg" border="0" alt="Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian at Google Cloud Next 2019" data-mce-source="Google" data-mce-caption="Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian at Google Cloud Next 2019"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>While cloud adoption is growing across the board, Microsoft is increasingly closing the gap with Amazon Web Services, according to a recently published survey of 750 professionals, while Google Cloud is seeing the fastest growth among large businesses.&nbsp;</p><p>The report, which <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-aws-google-flexera-rcloud-eport-2020-4">IT management firm Flexera conducts annually</a>, surveyed cloud decision makers from organizations with 100 to over 10,000 employees between October and November 2020.</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-microsoft-google-serverless-technology-2020-7">Amazon Web Services</a> and <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/sap-microsoft-embrace-partnership-multicloud-sales-strategy-aws-google-2021-5">Microsoft</a> are competing toe-to-toe, with 76% of respondents saying they use <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-web-services-data-centers-coronavirus-pandemic-2020-3">AWS</a> and 73% of respondents using <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/linkedin-microsoft-acquisition-azure-cloud-2020-1">Microsoft</a>. Google Cloud took third place at 47%, while <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/oracle-accelerated-fastest-clouds-gartner-magic-quadrant-2020-9">Oracle's cloud</a> took fourth place at 29%. (Percentages add up to much greater than 100% because many respondents use multiple clouds.)</p><p><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/60bfaec9a7202d0018b8dc4e-1028/Screen Shot 2021-06-04 at 1.03.04 PM.png" border="0" alt="Flexera 2021 State of the Cloud Report" data-mce-source="Flexera 2021 State of the Cloud Report" data-mce-caption="Flexera 2021 State of the Cloud Report"></p><p>Google Cloudwhich has invested heavily <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/jeff-reed-former-cisco-exec-joined-google-cloud-anthos-2021-5">in hybrid cloud</a> and building <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/google-cloud-thomas-kurian-salespeople-compensation-oracle-sap-2019-8">a bigger salesforce</a>saw especially <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/alphabet-earnings-google-cloud-deprecation-policy-deals-customer-trust-2021-4">high growth among enterprises</a>, defined as companies with 1,000 or more workers.&nbsp;</p><p>Nearly half (49%) of enterprise respondents said they use Google Cloud, up 15% from the previous report. In comparison, Azure usage grew to 76% this year from 69% last year, and AWS usage grew to 79% from 76% last year.</p><p>The gap between AWS and Azure is bigger when respondents were asked specifically about <em>significant </em>workloads: Half of enterprise respondents said they run significant workloads on <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-web-services-twilio-remote-developer-interviews-coronavirus-2020-5">AWS</a>, while 44% of respondents said they run them on Microsoft. In comparison, 23% of enterprise respondents said they run significant workloads on <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/google-cloud-data-cloud-summit-products-multicloud-hybrid-2021-5">Google Cloud</a>.</p><p>AWS dominates for small and medium sized businesses with less than 1,000 employees: 53% of respondents from those businesses say they run significant workloads on AWS, compared to 22% on Azure and 20% on Google Cloud. <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-amazon-trusted-cloud-bank-of-america-survey-2021-6">A recent survey by Bank of America similarly found</a> small businesses using AWS most frequently, which it attributed "perhaps due to how accessible/easy it is to spin up an AWS instance using just a credit card."&nbsp;</p><p>Overall, half of all respondents from all company sizes run significant workloads on AWS, compared to 41% on Azure and 22% on Google Cloud.&nbsp;</p><p>That lines up, directionally, with Gartner's <a href="https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2020-08-10-gartner-says-worldwide-iaas-public-cloud-services-market-grew-37-point-3-percent-in-2019">most recent report</a> on <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-microsoft-alibaba-google-tencent-cloud-infrastructure-gartner-2020-8">cloud giant market share</a>, which showed that AWS held 45% of the market, compared to 17.9% for Microsoft, and 5.3% for Google Cloud.&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>Got a tip'</strong>&nbsp;Contact this reporter via email at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:rmchan@businessinsider.com">rmchan@insider.com</a>, Signal at 646.376.6106,&nbsp;Telegram at @rosaliechan, or&nbsp;Twitter DM at&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/rosaliechan17">@rosaliechan17</a>. (PR pitches by email only, please.) Other types of secure messaging available upon request.</em></p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/google-cloud-microsoft-aws-flexera-state-of-cloud-report-2021-6#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/bpa-plastic-containers-bad-health-risks-obesity-heart-disease-diabetes-2019-2">Why I'm throwing away every plastic thing in my kitchen ASAP</a></p>
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