As we covered in our preview this month, Microsoft retained top slot in the rankings this month and while its recently announced commercial cloud revenues at a $6.3 billion run rate might not put it ahead of AWS in the IaaS space, it is still impressive, especially given the current growth rate. Amazon was the second highest ranked #CloudInfluence entity this month with its cloud business AWS in 4th.
Both Amazon and AWS had a massive boost in their #CloudInfluence scores this month following the much awaited disclosure of the first AWS financials, but even combining their #CloudInfluence scores as we did in the correlation chart in our preview did not quite equal Microsoft’s score, showing that Microsoft retails a clear overall lead.
The next few places in this month’s rankings were occupied by IBM, Google, Oracle, Apple and SAP – most of whom we covered in our preview. They were also featured in much of the cloud market coverage that followed the AWS disclosure. These articles also featured comments from analyst at firms like Gartner and IDC, thereby boosting their #CloudInfluence and propelling them into this month’s top ten as well.
VMWare  jumped to 10th in the rankings following impressive financial results and the announcement at the company’s annual Partner Exchange conference in San Francisco of plans to give MSPs access to the vCloud Air Network.
Picking up a new CTO from Google and opening a data centre in Frankfurt helped to propel DigitalOcean into 12th. Singapore Telecommunications acquisition of US -based cyber-security firm Trustwave pushed into 13th. The Chinese corporate bond market experience its second default this month after Internet company Cloud Live Technology Group Co. said it will miss payments.
Synergy Research may not have quite made it into the top ten, but were quick to revise their cloud market share analysis following the AWS announcement and were featured in a certain amount of coverage late in the month.
Other notable commentators were Ovum which reckons that by 2016 more than 80 percent of global enterprises will be using IaaS, primarily in private cloud computing, and Fitch which reaffirmed its top credit rating on Oracle, saying that it has and will continue to make significant investments, both organic and inorganic, to retain its long-term competitiveness relative to other cloud subscription providers. Interesting then that the more recent speculation about a potential bidder for Salesforce has centred on Oracle.
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Obviously we will be following all the twists and turns in the cloud market with our #CloudInfluence rankings each month – not only following the key organisations, but also the key individuals as you will see in tomorrow’s April #CloudInfluence rankings for individuals.