Public cloud platform usage worldwide 2019

As of 2019, around 61 percent of technical professionals from industries around the world stated that their organization was currently running apps using Amazon Web Service (AWS), with an additional 16 percent stating that they were experimenting with the use of AWS apps. The second most popular service was Microsoft’s Azure, a cloud platform service through which 52 percent of respondents stated their organization was running applications.

Cloud computing as-a-service

One of the most prevalent ways for companies to utilize cloud computing is to take advantage of the various “as-a-service” options available from many of the world’s largest tech companies. These services provide organizations with access to computing power, software, and other cloud-related functions without the need for in-house hardware. The software-as-a-service market alone is expected to grow well past the 150 billion U.S. dollar mark by 2020, while the infrastructure-as-a-service market is expected to reach around 50 billion itself by then. Companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, and Google have all been quick to incorporate cloud services into their offerings, providing small and mid-sized companies with the opportunity to utilize cloud computing resources without the need for extensive investments into hardware. Having only introduced the business segment in 2014, Microsoft’s intelligent cloud segment has grown rapidly, rivalling even the company’s long-established personal computing segment in terms of revenue generation.

Current and planned usage of public cloud platform services running applications worldwide as of 2019

Running appsExperimentingPlan to use
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Release date

January 2019



Survey time period

January 2019

Number of respondents

786 respondents

Special properties

Technical executives, managers, and practitioners of cloud technologies

Supplementary notes

* The source provides the following information: "The survey questioned technical professionals across a broad cross-section of organizations about their adoption of cloud infrastructure. The 786 respondents range from technical executives to managers and practitioners and represent organizations of varying sizes across many industries.

All respondents = 786
• Enterprise respondents (1,000+ employees) = 456
• SMB respondents (<1,000 employees) = 330
Margin of error = 3 percent

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