#Microsoft, not #Amazon, is going to win the cloud wars

The disruptor becomes the disrupted

Brace yourselves, because I’m about to share a theory that may be a little unpopular: I believe it’s only a matter of time before Microsoft Azureovertakes AWS as the dominant force in the world of public cloud. 

I know that may sound crazy, and many of you are probably already reaching for the ‘close tab’ button, but hear me out. 

It’s no secret that Bezos’ cloud computing division is currently sitting pretty as market leader, having capitalised incredibly effectively on its first mover advantage while its’ rivals initial efforts stalled. By cementing its reputation as the biggest force in the cloud industry, it has attracted a number of high-profile customers, but it has struggled to make a major splash within large, established enterprises. 

You know who hasn’t, though? 

Microsoft.

While AWS has always been a favourite of startups and developers, Microsoft has concentrated firmly on the enterprise and met with remarkable success. To sweeten the deal, Microsoft has also been busily releasing a number of business-friendly features, such as its Azure Arc platform, which is designed to make it easier to consume and deploy its services across a large enterprise estate. In fact, any time I’ve spoken to a CIO who hasn’t yet moved to the cloud but is planning to, Azure has been a key part of their roadmap.

The stated reason for this is usually “well, it works with all of our existing systems”, which is a simple yet compelling point; if your on-prem servers are primarily running workloads like Active Directory, SQL Server and Exchange Serverinstances, opting for Microsoft’s cloud platform is sort of a no-brainer. Add in the fact that most large businesses are likely to be using Microsoft’s Office and Windows software (and even potentially Windows Server) and the logic becomes apparent.

Story Credit : IT Pro Team



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