(The Hosting News) – If you didn’t think Amazon was close to challenging Microsoft in the cloud arena, think again. According to a Bloomberg.com report on Monday, the company’s Windows Azure topped $1 billion in annual sales, a first for the platform.
Windows Azure was made commercially available in early 2010.
The record news follows a recent unveiling by Microsoft in which the company more directly went after Amazon by unveiling its own IaaS offering – something Microsoft’s Bill Hilf earlier this month said “now makes it possible for customers to move applications into the cloud.”
And despite the growth by Microsoft, Amazon still dominates the cloud landscape. According to Forrester Research analyst James Staten, Amazon accounts for around 71% of the cloud market while Azure takes in just around 20%.
That doesn’t mean things won’t change, though. In Bloomberg’s report, Staten noted he expected revenue for Azure to “double annually” going forward – something that could see Microsoft representing as much as 35% of the cloud market in just one year’s time.
Surely Microsoft still has a lot of work to do with catching up to AWS – a platform that was launched almost four years before Azure.