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Go compare: Microsoft leads in global cloud influence

Date: March 12, 2015 Author: Stephan Buys Category: Article Technology Tags: , Comments: 0

Go compare: Microsoft leads in global cloud influence
Microsoft is the most influential cloud-computing provider, according to the first ever global league table comparing the influence of top cloud firms.

Compiled by UK cloud comparison service Compare the Cloud, the league table looked at the influence of cloud companies across the broad spectrum of online media, from news sites to blogs and forums. It found that Microsoft's Azure cloud platform had far higher reach, and influence, than its rivals. The research was carried out in January and published in Compare the Cloud's first #CloudInfluence league table in February (

Microsoft's global influence is due in large part to a flurry of cloud developments and their subsequent announcements, which were picked up and reported on by news sites, blogs and other media. Azure has been developing a host of new features in an attempt to gain traction over its rivals, and if the results of a recent poll ( are anything to go by, it's working, as more enterprises opt for Azure over dominant Amazon Web Services.

Coming in after Microsoft in the #CloudInfluence table was SAP, which is placing a strong focus on its cloud offering as a major driver of its growth. Amazon Web Services was third in the table – it says it now has one million active customers. Apple, Oracle and IBM followed in the league table of global influence.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is literally giving its cloud away for free – to some. The company has announced that it's giving US$500,000 in Azure credits to start-ups at an incubator "school" called Y Combinator in Silicon Valley. They'll also get three years' use of Microsoft Office software as well as "direct access" to experts working on the company's engineering teams. The idea is that if start-ups begin with Azure and blossom into behemoths, they'll remain with Azure - growing up in the cloud.

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