Of the three, AWS is the current leader in the field thanks
to its vast experience and user base. Over the past five quarters, net sales of
AWS has increased consistently on a year-over-year and sequential basis.
In the third quarter of 2019, AWS’ net sales increased 35% year-over-year to around $9 billion. On a sequential basis, sales was up 8%. Net sales on a trailing 12-month basis also increased consistently on a sequential basis during this period.
Based on data from Intellipaat,
AWS has the largest number of availability zones compared to its competitors
Azure and Google Cloud. AWS is also ahead of the other two in terms of market
share and holds over 30% stake in the space.
However, AWS has been seeing a slowdown in its rate of
growth which is a cause of concern for investors. While sales grew 46%
year-over-year in the third quarter of 2018, it rose only 35% in Q3 2019. Its
competitors on the other hand have been witnessing a higher growth rate on
The data also shows that Azure and Google Cloud have an edge over AWS in terms of integration and pricing respectively. These are factors that could help them slowly take away market share from AWS over time.
Amazon continues to invest in AWS to improve infrastructure to
support higher usage demand which has led to an increase in costs. This trend
is expected to continue in the fourth quarter of 2019.
With regards to pricing, the company is looking at incremental
price decreases for long-term customers. As of the third quarter, Amazon had
$27 billion in future commitments for AWS, which was up 54% year-over-year. The
company is also working on rolling out new products which are cheaper than the
All in all, while AWS is the leader in the cloud space at
present, it faces tough competition from Azure and Google Cloud and the former
might face some market share erosion over the next year as its rivals race to
Amazon’s shares have gained 21% so far this year and 35% over the trailing 52 weeks. The stock was up 1.8% in morning hours on Thursday.