According to some early 2016 IDC research, worldwide spending on public cloud services will grow at a rate of 19.4% between 2015 and 2019, from nearly $70B to more than $141B. And this research suggests it will be a variety of customers contributing to the growth in cloud usage:
- 40% of the forecast total coming from SMBs with less than 500 employees.
- Media, state/local government, education, retail, transportation, and resource industries are all expected to experience greater than 20% growth.
- In the Asia/Pacific region, Telecommunications was 2nd in cloud computing spend in 2015, and is expected to be 1st by 2019.
Leading this growth in cloud technology is Microsoft Azure who, in addition to having over 57% of Fortune 500 companies using Azure, is currently the only vendor positioned as a Leader across six ofGartner’s Magic Quadrants for enterprise cloud workloads:
- Enterprise Application Platform as a Service
- Operational Database Management Systems
- Data Warehouse and Data Management Solutions for Analytics
- Cloud Infrastructure as a Service
- Cloud Storage Services
- Server Virtualization
As stated in the Gartner report:
“Microsoft’s brand, existing customer relationships, history of running global-class consumer Internet properties, deep investments in engineering, and aggressive roadmap have enabled it rapidly to attain the status of strategic cloud IaaS provider. Microsoft Azure is growing rapidly, and is in second place for market share, with more than twice as much cloud IaaS compute capacity in use as the aggregate total of the remaining providers in this Magic Quadrant (excluding market share leader AWS). Microsoft has pledged to maintain AWS-comparable pricing for the general public, and, on a practical level, customers with Microsoft Enterprise License Agreement discounts obtain a price/performance ratio that is comparable to AWS.”
Along with the high functionality and value provided by Azure comes the potential for unconstrained costs, over-budget expenses, and lack of visibility to cloud-related expenses. Without good visibility as Azure resources are consumed, businesses are challenged to budget and control their spending effectively.
Now, imagine if there was a simple, consolidated package that gave you one central tool to view Azure resource consumption, manage and control Azure spending, enable support, and provide critical analytics needed to monitor and control your usage. Wouldn’t that be nice? I agree, so stay tuned…