Spending on cloud infrastructure services grew 37% year-on-year to $29 billion during the first quarter of 2020, according to a report by Synergy Research Group. The revenue jump was at the size expected despite the COVID-19 outbreak.
In fact, there is what is called “anecdotal evidence” that the need to support employees working from home may have improved the quarter’s performance as more enterprises pushed their workloads into the cloud.
With most of the major cloud providers having now released their earnings data for Q1, Synergy estimates that quarterly cloud infrastructure service revenues were $29 billion, with trailing twelve-month revenues reaching $104 billion.
The coronavirus pandemic delivered a blow to Amazon's overall Q1 earnings, which led to its announcement that it would spend all of its second quarter revenue (about $4 billion) to keep its customers and employees safe. Amazon Web Services' revenue climbed 32% to $10.2 billion.
In Alphabet's financial results, Google Cloud, which includes Google Cloud Project (GCP) and G-Suite, generated $2.78 billion in revenue in the first quarter, which marked a 52% increase over the same quarter a year ago.
Microsoft said on its Q1 earnings call that its intelligent cloud sector, which includes Microsoft Azure, saw its revenue increase by 27% over the same quarter a year ago to $12.8 billion.
Amazon still holds a hefty lead in the cloud space, according to the report, with a worldwide market share of 32% while Microsoft was second with 18%. Growth at Microsoft outpaced the overall market by more than 20 percentage points and its market share has increased by almost 3 percentage points in the last four quarters.
"While COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on communities and economies around the world, indications are that it is having a mildly positive impact on the cloud infrastructure services market,” said John Dinsdale, a chief analyst at Synergy Research Group, in a statement.
“For sure the pandemic is causing some issues for cloud providers, but in uncertain times the public cloud is providing flexibility and a safe haven for enterprises that are struggling to maintain normal operations. Cloud provider revenues continue to grow at truly impressive rates, with AWS and Azure in aggregate now having an annual revenue run rate of well over $60 billion.”
After the top-two, Google, Alibaba and Tencent are substantially outpacing overall market growth and are also gaining market share. All three saw revenues increase by 45% or more year-on-year. Four other cloud providers—IBM, Salesforce, Oracle and Rackspace—have substantial market share and continued to be niche players.