Microsoft pushes ahead of Amazon in Windows hosting

Microsoft has reportedly overtaken Amazon in Windows hosting after being involved in close competition for nearly nine months.

Latest statistics from Netcraft's survey have revealed that there are 23,400 web-facing computers running Microsoft's cloud platform as compared to 22,600 on Amazon. Although Microsoft is now the biggest independent Windows host, due to the fragmented nature of the hosting market, it has only captured 1% of the total share. The ranking excludes traditional networking companies such as China Telecom, Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon.

The Majority of the credit for Microsoft's rise to the top can be given to Windows Azure, as 90% of the web-facing computers surveyed by Netcraft were powered by the platform. Windows Azure powers a total of 27,000 such computers which includes the ones running Linux as well. Microsoft's own services such as Office 365, Xbox Live, Skype, and OneDrive have migrated to Azure, but it also boasts of some high-profile websites such as the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Aston Martin, BenQ, and McDonald's Happy Studio

Azure's popularity is still limited to the United States and Europe but is slowly expanding in parts of Asia with the launch of two Japanese regions in addition to ones in Singapore and Hong Kong. 

Microsoft has been continuously improving the Azure services and integrating more open-source technologies to appeal to more developers which can help the company grab a bigger chunk of the hosting market in the coming years.

Source: Netcraft via ZDNet | Images via Netcraft

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I can have 40+ free sites on Azure (10 per region), and for 70$ a month I can have 500 websites in a single VM... beat that amazon

Free shipping = moot for either Azure or EC2. However, EC2 has had some mis-steps recently, while Azure keeps rolling and rolling. (The two most recent examples both are from the EA side - SimCity's issues (EC2) vs. the Titanfall beta (Azure) - in both cases I'm talking about the PC.) Also, take a GOOD look at Azure's bidirectional scalability, and compare it to EC2 (or anyone else).

PGHammer said,
... EC2 has had some mis-steps recently, while Azure keeps rolling and rolling.....

Certificate errors on Azure
SDN errors in Azure causing dup MAC issues.

Yeah, Azure keeps rolling. Point is that Azure team will now insulate themselves from repeating those mistakes.

In the first graph how come there is no fluctuation for Amazon at all and it's a perfectly straight line? Did they just use estimated figures to plot the rise?

Romero said,
In the first graph how come there is no fluctuation for Amazon at all and it's a perfectly straight line? Did they just use estimated figures to plot the rise?

Indeed -- it's rather perfectly straight, isn't it? They did say that 90% of the computers surveyed were on Azure, so perhaps, there are fewer Amazon datapoints numbers (or just May 2013 and Feb 2014).

ians18 said,
Well done Ballmer? Satya has only been CEO for a little while.

Satya was Vice President of the Cloud and Enterprise group. He was in charge of Azure until now.

Sartoris said,

Satya was Vice President of the Cloud and Enterprise group. He was in charge of Azure until now.

Yea, iforgot about that.