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Amazon Web Services is vastly overpowering its competition in the cloud computing market, says Synergy Research Group.

In its latest quarterly analysis, the market research firm says that AWS accounted for 45% of the revenue generated by public "infrastructure as a service" (IaaS) providers.

IaaS is the cloud market that Amazon helped to pioneer. It’s where companies rent computers and storage over the internet, only paying for what they use.

In the IaaS market, AWS is bigger than the next three players combined, which are Microsoft, Google… Continue reading

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Cloud computing has vastly changed the $3 trillion enterprise computer industry and one of the most interesting technologies at the center of this trend is called OpenStack. 

And one of the critical (and oddest) companies at the center of OpenStack is Mirantis.

On Thursday, Mirantis announced that it bought a startup in Prague called TCP Cloud.

Mirantis spent about $30 million for TCP Cloud, which employed 30 people, a person with knowledge of the situation told Business Insider.

The acquisition is interesting because it will allow Mirantis’… Continue reading

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Microsoft likes to trot out the stat that it’s invested $15 billion in building out Azure, its cloud computing product where you swipe a credit card and get access to essentially infinite computing power. 

That $15 billion bet could have a big payoff for Microsoft: Amazon Web Services, the dominant player in the industry, is on track to book more than $7 billion in revenues over the next year.

And while Microsoft doesn’t break out its numbers (yet), there are indications that Azure is gaining steam to challenge that leadership position. … Continue reading

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Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba Group is ramping up its investment in data centres overseas in a bid to challenge US rival Amazon in cloud computing, an area that currently only makes up a tiny fraction of the group’s overall revenue.  

Aliyun, Alibaba’s cloud computing unit, will establish data centres in Asian countries such as India and Japan, parts of the Middle East and Europe over the next 18 months, Aliyun president Simon Hu said on Wednesday. He did not disclose figures.

“The cloud business will be a very important sector for Alibaba,” Hu said… Continue reading