According to Morgan Stanley’s 2016 CIO Survey, Microsoft’s Azure will edge out Amazon Web Services by 2019 for both Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) use among 100 executives surveyed. Roughly 31 percent of the CIOs will be using Azure for IaaS, versus roughly 30 percent using AWS. Today, about 21 percent are using AWS and 12 percent are using Azure. While nearly 55 percent of the surveyed CIOs said they’re using no public-cloud IaaS today, that number will drop to less than 10 percent by the end of 2019.
That sentiment seems to reign supreme: that Microsoft will eventually take the lead. There’s good reason for that on paper: primarily a comfort with Microsoft, the existing code and application base, and Microsoft’s willingness to have an enterprise go-to-market (no one complains that Microsoft doesn’t know how to sell to large companies).
On the other hand, Amazon is fast to adapt and seems to be doing a good job. But, we’ll see.
Demographics for the survey:
The survey, completed pre-Brexit by 75 CIOs based in the U.S. and by 25 in Europe, isn’t available to the public.