AWS vs Azure vs GCP - Which should I learn first?

August 10, 2021

Cloud Engineer

In this post we will compare the top three cloud service providers and share the advantages of learning each technology.

To even out set this examination, first realize that the cloud market all in all is greater than at any other time. Gartner has anticipated overall public cloud spend to become 18% in 2021, with 70% of associations utilizing cloud to build cloud spending in the wake of COVID-19.

So inside that market, how about we investigate the AWS versus Azure versus Google Cloud piece of the pie breakdown and what each cloud supplier's reports shared.


Amazon detailed Amazon Web Services (AWS) income of $13.5 billion for Q1 2021 – which surpassed expert forecasts of $13.1 billion. This is contrasted with $10.33 billion for Q1 2020. AWS income developed 32% in the quarter, speeding up from 28% development in the final quarter. This quarter, AWS's income represented 12% of Amazon's absolute income – and almost 47% of Amazon's generally speaking working pay. AWS keeps on reinforcing the organization all in all with its benefit.

This quarter, AWS reported that previous AWS leader and current head of Salesforce Tableau Adam Selipsky will run AWS, supplanting Andy Jassy as he climbs to head the entirety of Amazon.

Amazon's CFO, Brian Olsavsky, said on the income call with financial backers

During COVID, we’ve seen many enterprises decide that they no longer want to manage their own technology infrastructure,” he said. “They see that partnering with AWS and moving to the cloud gives them better cost, better capability and better speed of innovation. We expect this trend to continue as we move into the post pandemic recovery. There’s significant momentum around the world, including broad and deep engagement across major industries.

Furthermore, obviously, a large part of the development openly cloud comes from net-new responsibilities, not simply those relocated from on-premises framework. We're interested to perceive how this pattern proceeds.


While Amazon indicates AWS income, Microsoft just reports on Azure's development rate. That number is half income development over the past quarter – which is quicker than the 46% development examiners anticipated. This time last year, development was accounted for at 59%. You might see features promoting that "Azure growth rates are slowing", contrasting those income development rates. In any case, the measurement is of sketchy worth as Azure keeps on expanding income at this huge scope.

Here are the income numbers Microsoft reports. Azure is under the "Intelligent Cloud" business, which became 23% to $15.1 billion. The working gathering likewise incorporates worker items and cloud administrations (26% development).

Microsoft considers its to be development as key to its prosperity. President Satya Nadella said

Over a year into the pandemic, digital adoption curves aren’t slowing down. They’re accelerating, and it’s just the beginning. We are building the cloud for the next decade, expanding our addressable market and innovating across every layer of the tech stack to help our customers be resilient and transform.

The absence of explicitness around Azure disappoints numerous intellectuals as it just couldn't measure up straightforwardly to AWS, and unavoidably causes a commotion about how Azure is truly getting along. Obviously, it likewise accepts that IaaS is the lone piece of "cloud" that is significant, however at that point, that is the manner by which AWS has developed to rule the market.

In any case, Microsoft's cloud business is plainly creating accomplishment for the organization. Smart Cloud conveyed the most noteworthy working pay of all fragments this quarter at $6.4 billion, which is 37.7% of absolute merged working pay.

Google Cloud

This quarter, Google Cloud detailed income of $4.047 billion, an increment of 46% year-over-year. Working misfortunes were $974 million, contrasted with misfortunes of $1.73 billion one year already.

Note that the Google Cloud unit incorporates Google Cloud Platform as well as Google Workspace (previously G Suite).

Like different goliaths, Alphabet featured its cloud development. Google and Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat said

We’re very pleased with the ongoing momentum in Google Cloud, with revenues of $4.0 billion in the quarter reflecting strength and opportunity in both GCP and Workspace.

Cloud Market Share Breakdown

As of April 2021, Canalys reports that the worldwide cloud market grew 35% this quarter to $41.8 billion. AWS has 32% of the market, followed by Azure at 19%, Google at 7%, Alibaba Cloud close behind.

Bezos has said

AWS had the unusual advantage of a seven-year head start before facing like-minded competition. As a result, the AWS services are by far the most evolved and most functionality-rich.

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