Amazon maintains leadership in the cloud infrastructure market

Amazon.

com Inc. maintained a strong lead in the cloud infrastructure market, leasing computing, storage and networking capacity to users, research firm Gartner INC.

he said on Monday.

In 2020, Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing arm of the tech giant, generated more than twice as much cloud infrastructure revenue as second-player Microsoft. Corp.

Gartner said in a new report.

Amazon said on Monday that Swisscom AG

, the Swiss information and communications technology services company, selected AWS as its preferred public cloud provider for its business IT.

“This will allow operators to focus on what really matters: creating innovative services for their end customers. These are the benefits of the cloud, ”said new AWS CEO Adam Selipsky in a virtual presentation Monday at the Mobile World Congress conference. Selipsky is expected next month to succeed Andy Jassy, ​​the current CEO of AWS. Jassy is slated to become CEO of Amazon.com Inc.

Although Amazon still dominates the cloud infrastructure market, its share declined somewhat as the overall market expanded and other players gained share, according to Gartner.

Amazon’s cloud infrastructure revenue increased to $ 26.2 billion, but its global market share fell to 40.8% in 2020 from 44.6% in 2019, according to Gartner. The total market grew 40.7% to $ 64.3 billion in 2020, from $ 45.7 billion in 2019, Gartner said.

Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure revenue was $ 12.7 billion last year, giving it 19.7% of the market, the research firm said.

The Covid-19 pandemic fueled the growth of cloud computing, said Sid Nag, vice president of cloud services research at Gartner. Businesses needed to increase their cloud offerings to support homeworkers and other users with video conferencing and digital tools, he said.

Alibaba Group Holding Limited.

, the China-based tech giant, ranked third in the cloud infrastructure market last year with $ 6.1 billion in revenue. Alphabet From Inc.

Google ranked fourth with $ 3.9 billion in revenue. Microsoft, Alibaba and Google gained market share, Gartner said. The top four players maintained their rank between 2019 and 2020.

Amazon and Google declined to comment on the Gartner report. Microsoft and Alibaba did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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