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Cloud Computing: Is Microsoft's Azure Number One?

By Dick Weisinger

By most measures, Amazon’s AWS service tops all cloud computing services.  It is Amazon’s AWS that supports NASA’s recent Mars rover exploration.  And AWS is used by hundreds of thousands of companies in 190 countries.  Many high-profile companies are like Yelp, Netflix and Pinterest are fully powered by Amazon.  So, it’s a bit surprising to see a recent report by Evans Data showing Microsoft Azure to be number one.

In this case the criteria that Evans Data used for ranking cloud platforms was popularity among developers.  The results are based on a survey taken of 400 developers.

Janel Garvin, Evans Data CEO, said that “Microsoft was very aggressive with its introduction of Azure to the development community a few years ago and that has paid off.  Additionally, the large established MSDN community and the fact that Visual Studio is still the most used development environment are huge assets to Microsoft in getting developers to adopt the Azure platform.  However, cloud platform use is still very much fragmented with lots of players laying claim to small slivers of share. It will take more time before a clear landscape of major cloud vendors shakes out.”

In the survey, Microsoft Azure was ranked the top development platform by 36 percent of developers.  Google Storage was ranked second at 29 percent.  And Amazon AWS was third at 28 percent.

Another puzzling finding from the survey was that only about half of developers who create applications on a cloud platform deploy their solution to the same platform.  27 percent deploy to a different cloud service and 10 percent deploy to a hybrid model that includes both cloud and on-premise servers.

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