Report: Increased Cloud Usage Secures AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud as the Top 3 Providers

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A new report from Flexera shows that AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform are the top three public cloud providers. This year, Azure reached an important milestone: it closed the gap with AWS while other cloud providers failed to show much growth. For each public cloud provider, respondents indicated whether they run significant workloads in that cloud, run some workloads, experiment, plan to use it, or had no plans to use it.

It’s important to note that adoption, meaning an organization uses a cloud provider, is just one factor influencing revenue growth for the provider.

In addition to adoption (if an organization uses a cloud provider), usage levels are also an important metric. As organizations increase overall cloud usage, they tend to become industry leaders. Data from this year’s survey indicates that Azure appears to be closing the gap — or somewhat surpassing AWS — for some users.

Public cloud provider adoption rates for all organizations.  Azure is in 45% of organizations with heavy workloads, AWS at 46%, Google Cloud Platform at 19%.

As the first large-scale cloud provider, AWS is increasingly being used by long-standing cloud users and heavy cloud users. Of all respondents, 81% of heavy cloud organizations are using AWS, compared to 80% using Azure. Among organizations with moderate cloud usage, Azure has a slight edge and enjoys higher adoption for organizations that are light users. While Google Cloud Platform remains in third place among all maturity levels, its popularity is significantly higher (51%) among organizations that heavily leverage the cloud.

Flexera’s research comes from a panel of 753 technical and business professionals who are independent of Flexera customers and prospects. The study was conducted at the end of 2021.

Read Flexera’s full report.

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