Cloud Spending Explodes as Rivals Chase AWS with Higher Growth Rates

Virtualizationreview | February 10, 2020

Two recent reports on cloud infrastructure spending show an explosion in an industry still dominated by Amazon Web Services (AWS), although rivals led by Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) are beating the kingpin in growth rates. While the AWS lead is huge, reports indicate the cloud giant's growth rate roughly matches the industry average while several competitors are outpacing it, but they have a long way to go to usurp the champion. In the meantime, they have to settle for bigger pieces of an exploding pie.

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Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) integrates technologies that span the functional areas of the data center: storage, compute and virtualization. This integration simplifies the existing IT infrastructure. The complexity of multiple generations and varieties of servers, operating systems, hypervisors and storage devices also increases costs and systems management tasks, challenging IT departments to focus on strategic business projects.

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Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) integrates technologies that span the functional areas of the data center: storage, compute and virtualization. This integration simplifies the existing IT infrastructure. The complexity of multiple generations and varieties of servers, operating systems, hypervisors and storage devices also increases costs and systems management tasks, challenging IT departments to focus on strategic business projects.

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