Can Microsoft Catch Up to Amazon in Cloud Computing?

Image source: Flickr/gothopotam. When it comes to cloud platforms, there’s Amazon  — and then there’s everyone else. Amazon Web Services, or AWS, is very nearly a $10-billion-a-year business. Last quarter, the company generated $2.4 billion in revenue from its cloud-computing division, up 69% year over year. Microsoft is widely considered the second-place cloud solution thanks to the widespread use of Windows. The company’s Azure platform is growing rapidly. Microsoft reported that revenue from Azure increased 127% year over year last quarter, but it lumps its exact figures in with the rest of its intelligent cloud segment. While it’s growing rapidly, can Microsoft Azure catch up to AWS? Relying on Windows 10Azure has historically done well with enterprises that already use a lot of Microsoft products, including Windows and Windows Server.…

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