Amazon (AWS) has retained its lead in the cloud infrastructure service revenue in the first quarter (Q1) of 2014, ahead of Microsoft, IBM, Salesforce.com and Google.
Synergy Research Group said Amazon revenue rose 67 percent, Microsoft 154 percent, IBM 80 percent, Salesforce.com 37 percent and Google 60 percent.
The report noted that Amazon retains its dominant position, with greater market share than its four nearest rivals combined, but Microsoft has now established itself as the clear number two in the market.
Cloud infrastructure service revenues including IaaS, PaaS and private & hybrid cloud have reached $3.5 billion in Q1 2014, with trailing twelve-month revenues amounting to $12 billion.
With the total market growing at an annual rate of almost 50 percent, Amazon, Microsoft, IBM and Google have all gained market share over the last four quarters.
Amazon AWS revenues are in excess of $1 billion per quarter, with nearly all of that coming from cloud infrastructure services.
IBM and Microsoft cloud revenue comes from software/SaaS, cloud-related hardware products or associated professional and technical services.
Amazon’s revenues are still more than three times those of Microsoft and it will remain in a league of its own for the foreseeable future, the report said.