Cloud Market 2022: Microsoft Azure catches up with AWS

Cloud Market 2022: Microsoft Azure catches up with AWS


Data warehouses, databases and containers are the most popular cloud applications. According to a recent study, Microsoft Azure has caught up with arch-rival AWS. […]

Trust in the cloud is growing rapidly, and there are some surprising trends in the market. Microsoft Azure, for example, seems to catch up with its competitor Amazon Web Services (AWS) for some users and even to overtake it in some cases. This is the result of a recent survey by SaaS specialist Flexera on the cloud market in 2022.

Specifically, the authors report: 80 percent of companies worldwide already use Azure, for AWS the figure is only 77 percent. Flexera is based on private companies and public sector organizations with more than 1000 employees. The report also shows that companies continue to rely heavily on multicloud strategies. 89 Percent of respondents go this way, 80 percent pursue a hybrid cloud strategy.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with fewer than 1,000 employees are catching up with larger companies. SMBs’ cloud investments are growing rapidly: 53 percent of them spend more than $ 1.2 million annually on the cloud – up from 38 percent last year. The increasing expenditure reflects in particular the shift of SMEs towards the public cloud. Within the next twelve months, 63 percent of SMBs’ workloads will be running in a public cloud, compared to 56 percent of all respondents, according to Flexera.

What technologies do companies use in the cloud? The study provides interesting insights into this. Containers, for example, are now mainstream: 47 percent of companies currently use AWS ECS/EKS, 43 percent Docker and 42 percent Kubernetes. The use of platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) services is also increasing. Cloud-based data warehousing is used by 58 percent of companies. Interest in serverless computing (functions-as-a-Service) and artificial intelligence / machine learning (AI/ML) is particularly high: almost a third of the companies surveyed are experimenting with relevant services.

The other side of the coin: in many companies, cloud costs continue to rise, the waste of resources remains at a high level. For the sixth year in a row, the most important initiative for the study participants was the optimization of cloud use with the aim of saving costs. No wonder, considering that companies are not using an estimated 32 percent of paid cloud resources at all. In addition, customers exceed their budget for cloud services by an average of 13 percent, according to their own data. And they expect their cloud spending to increase by a whopping 29 percent next year. For the study authors, it is therefore obvious that companies will have to better manage their cloud costs in the future in order to be able to invest more in innovations.

*Wolfgang Herrmann is Editorial Manager CIO Magazine at IDG Business Media. Previously, he was Deputy Editorial Director of the IDG publications COMPUTERWOCHE and CIO and editor-in-chief of the sister publication TecChannel.

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