Cloud 5: AWS now $8B business, Microsoft profits fall, but cloud grows

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 29, 2016 10:07:53 AM

The Cloud 5Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our recent blog posts, Private clouds face a losing battle. Private clouds are not a bad idea on the face of it, but it's hard for a company running a private cloud to keep up with the big boys like AWS who do it for a living.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

Amazon Web Services is now an $8 billion-a-year cloud-computing machine | Quartz

AWS just continues to grow revenue, and as it layers on new features and functionality, it becomes even harder to catch. Yesterday it announced $2.4 billion in revenue last quarter, which puts it on an $8 billion run rate. Not bad for a side business.

Microsoft profit and revenue fall, but cloud computing grows | New York Times

That doesn't mean competitors aren't trying to catch AWS. Microsoft is one that is making a big run at AWS with Azure and Office 365. Overall the company had falling revenue, but the cloud business continued to grow. What's not clear is how much it grew.

Walmart says it can cut your cloud costs | Fortune

Walmart is known for cutting the cost of the goods you buy in their stores, but this week the retail giant took a twist on that falling price marketing scheme when it released an open source DevOps tool from its Silicon Valley-based WalmartLabs.

VMware cuts 800 jobs, narrows cloud business  | InformationWeek

While the haves were reporting a great week in the cloud business, VMware, which was late to the cloud game, announced it was cutting 800 jobs and scaling back its cloud business.

Microsoft announces the first technical preview of Azure Stack | TechCrunch

Microsoft continued to build its hybrid cloud vision this week with the technical preview of Azure Stack, which should allow companies to embed Azure in their on-premises data centers and move workloads between Azure on-prem and Azure in the cloud. 

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