Amazon Web Services is the dominant player today in the field of on-demand cloud computing services, and even a quick look at relevant statistics will bear this out. Making use of AWS services today are more than one million active customers across nearly 200 countries, and those customers include upwards of 2,000 government agencies as well as 5,000 higher education institutions. If those numbers aren’t impressive enough, consider the fact that it was just a few years ago that AWS landed a contract with the CIA worth more than $600 million.
As of 2017, it was determined that AWS had a 34% share of the total cloud computing market, with the next three largest competitors forced to settle for 11%, 8%, and 6% among them. Since these three competitors are also giants in the computing field – Microsoft, Google, and IBM – it should become clear that Amazon Web Services is more than capable of competing with the Big Boys in the industry. So why has AWS become so dominant in the field of cloud computing services?
A big part of its dominance stems from the fact that AWS was the first company to realize the potential for cloud computing, and invested heavily in it. All the other giants like those mentioned above, as well as Oracle and other major platforms, actually fought long and hard against the advent of cloud computing, before finally realizing that it was a service many large companies really wanted. By the time they realized that however, AWS had established itself as the undisputed leader in the market. Today, AWS is continually refining its service and support, in order to retain its lofty position, and perhaps to even enhance it.