Because it brings in nearly $20 billion per year and controls about 35 percent of the market in cloud services, AWS probably doesn’t have to worry about its competition too much just yet. But Microsoft Azure is sure picking up a lot of new customers and/or partners lately.
eWEEK has been reporting about new cloud-related deals Microsoft—which owns about 10 percent of the cloud market—has with diverse companies such as Docker, Red Hat, Databricks, Equinix, Robin Systems, VMware—we could go on. This connects directly to the overall market growth Microsoft is experiencing in the highly competitive cloud services and hosting business that impacts AWS, Google and IBM clouds, Oracle, Salesforce, Rackspace, Alibaba and some fringe players.
The latest new deal involving Azure was revealed May 22, when data management software provider Informatica announced an expanded presence on the Microsoft cloud at its user conference in Las Vegas. This includes a preview of Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS), which natively runs on Azure, and the ability to launch IICS with a single click directly from the Azure portal.
Please note that this is solely an announcement at this point. General availability of IICS on Azure is scheduled for second half of 2018, Amit Walia, president of products and strategic ecosystems at Informatica, said.
New Cloud Service Goes into Operation Later This Year
In addition, Informatica will soon be launching a new intelligent cloud service, Data Accelerator for Azure, which will enable enterprises to move legacy data warehouse workloads to the cloud—something which has been problematic, to say the least, in the past.
Informatica also plans to make its Enterprise Data Catalog available on Azure. The AI-driven service, powered by the company’s CLAIRE analytics engine, allows customers to find the correct data set for any given workload anywhere inside an enterprise and move it to Azure SQL Data Warehouse. This type of operation hasn't been available previously.
IICS will feature several services—such as data integration and data synchronization—that help enterprises modernize their data centers.
Azure users can preview this data migration experience now. Go here for more information.