Microsoft on Monday announced that the company will soon get its government customers running Azure cloud services on their servers, one of the latest steps the company has taken to make Azure more attractive.
Microsoft has integrated Azure Stack, its localized cloud product, and Azure Government, a cloud-based cloud product tailored specifically for government agencies, to better compete with Amazon and compete with major customers in the public domain.
Tom Keane, head of global infrastructure at Microsoft Azure, said the new service, due to be launched by mid-2018, aims to attract government agencies and agencies that demand local servers, such as military operations headquarters or overseas ambassadors Hall and so on.
Keane told Reuters: "In fact, we even considered the submarine application environment when designing the Azure Stack. & rdquo;
According to data from market research firm Canalys, the cloud computing market is expected to grow to 74.7 billion U.S. dollars by 2018, an increase of 36% over 2017. Canalys estimates market share of Amazon Web Services will be 32% in the fourth quarter of 2017, followed by Microsoft with a market share of 14%.
Analysts said that in the public domain, AWS has signed cooperation agreements with well-known customer groups, including the CIA, which occupy a certain first-mover advantage; however, Microsoft is also establishing its Azure business and making use of its long-term cooperation with government agencies Relationship to narrow the gap in this area.
Rick Holgate, an analyst with market research firm Gartner, said: "While AWS's early investments in public cloud started much earlier, Microsoft has made some positive investments that have largely shrunk The gap between it and AWS. Microsoft also offers a suite of business productivity software that is more advanced and healthier than AWS. & rdquo;
Josh Stella, chief executive of startup Fugue, said offering local-area cloud computing services is appealing to some government clients who want both to benefit from the new technology and Want to keep the data locally to meet compliance requirements or out of logistics reasons. Fugue specializes in automated software for cloud computing that helps government customers keep their systems compliant with relevant laws and regulations.
Stella says: "With the options to build your tools around the cloud infrastructure while running them locally, you can increase the chance of accelerating your turn to the cloud." & rdquo;