Microsoft Azure might not be quite as profitable as we all thought
It’s been a long-held secret that the true revenue numbers associated with Microsoft’s Azure cloud business unit have remained somewhat of a mystery. This week, however, some light was shed on the matter when federal antitrust regulators briefly posted internal documents (which were later removed) to a court website that showcased how well Azure stacks up against its primary rival, Amazon Web Services.
The unredacted documents reportedly show that over the course of just one year, Azure generated about half as much revenue as the industry leader AWS. This is a significant figure, and it may change the way we look at how well Microsoft’s cloud products are performing.
Azure offers a wide range of services that are well-suited for businesses of all sizes. With the platform, businesses can easily transfer data and applications to the cloud and save on expensive hardware costs in the process. In addition, Microsoft’s pay-as-you-go model allows users to scale resources up and down as needed and only pay for what they use.
With the platform, businesses can also take advantage of mature Identity and Access Management capabilities through Azure Active Directory. This helps companies reduce the risk of security breaches by allowing employees and contractors to access only what IT authorizes, and it also helps reduce administrative costs. In addition, the platform is integrated with a variety of other Microsoft technologies and features a robust integration with open source tools that can help businesses leverage their existing investments in other software and hardware.
Another big benefit of using the platform is its ability to provide businesses with a variety of data center locations across the globe. This allows businesses to store their data closer to them, which can be particularly important for organizations with specific legal requirements. The platform also has a number of preconfigured templates that allow businesses to get started quickly with various projects.
The speed of deployment and operations is a major factor for many businesses, and Azure has the ability to offer rapid deployment, flexible scalability, and high performance. With these features, it’s no wonder so many organizations choose to leverage the Azure cloud platform for their needs. Trusted Microsoft partners like Saviant can help enterprises build scalable and secure cloud native applications. Contact us today to learn more about our Microsoft solutions.