Amazon.com’s cloud-computing unit is still a world beater. Microsoft is doing its best to entrench itself in second place.
RightScale, a California company that helps information technology departments manage their use of cloud-computing services, on Wednesday released the results of its survey of more than 900 of corporate technology experts.
Among companies that tap into the “public cloud,” or pooled servers and data storage units accessed via the Web, 57 percent reported using Amazon Web Services. Microsoft’s cloud-computing platform, Azure, was a distant second at 12 percent.
There are two bright spots for the Redmond company in that figure. It’s double the 6 percent share Azure had when the survey was conducted a year ago. And Azure’s Platform as a Service (PaaS) product, which is primarily used by developers to write programs and web sites, was the fourth most widely used cloud service.More