Microsoft Became A Trillion Dollar Company Thanks To Azure

Microsoft’s Azure Growth
Microsoft’s continued growth is attributed to the strong focus it has put on Azure under Satya Nadella’s leadership. According to a Canalys report for 2018, Azure now accounts for 16.8% of the global cloud infrastructure spending market compared with Amazon’s 31.7% share and Google’s 8.5% share. A year ago, Microsoft was operating at 13.5% market share while Amazon held 31.5% share.

During the quarter, Microsoft continued to add additional features to Azure. To add to Azure’s hybrid nature, it recently released Azure Stack HCI (hyperconverged infrastructure). Azure Stack HCI will allow customers to build and run virtualized applications on-premise in a consistent way. Similar to other on-premise solutions, Azure Stack HCI solutions are made for running virtualized applications. But the service also provides simplified access to Azure for customers interested in running hybrid cloud scenarios. It will allow organizations to leverage existing skills to run virtualized applications on HCI, while taking advantage of cloud capabilities and features.

Earlier this month, Microsoft also announced the general availability of Azure Data Box Edge. The Data Box Edge is a new AI-enabled edge appliance that resides within a customer’s environment to allow them to use AI to reason over data at the edge. Microsoft believes that the solution will help organizations deliver on an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge strategy. It will act as a bridge between the local data sources and cloud storage allowing organizations to use the appliance for processing, filtering, and analyzing the data before storing it in the cloud.

Over the past few years, Microsoft has been focused on Azure’s growth. It has developed Azure not only as a PaaS product that provides services such as databases, messaging queues and caching, but also as an IaaS product that provides services such as virtual machines and object storage. The Azure PaaS allows developers to build and deploy apps through software development kits that are available for several languages and server-side technologies including.NET, Node.js, PHP, Python, Java, GO, and Ruby. Its apps cover an entire range of services such as analytics, AI, collaboration, sales and marketing and many more. The use cases of these apps scale across industries such as agriculture, education, health and retail to name a few. The recent addition of capabilities such as AI will make the platform more intelligent and help Microsoft reduce its gap with Amazon.

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