Gartner: Amazon’s cloud storage is 1.6x bigger than all other competitors combined

Gartner this week released its Magic Quadrant for public cloud storage and Amazon Web Services is the clear market leader, while Microsoft Azure comes in a close second place.

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Microsoft may be giving Amazon some competition in this market, but Gartner estimates that Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3), the company’s default block storage product, is 1.6 bigger than all of the other 7 storage offerings that made the cut to be in the Magic Quadrant. “Amazon Web Services (AWS) dominates the IaaS market and has the most comprehensive storage offerings,” Gartner analysts Raj Bala and Arun Chandrasekaran unabashedly report. The analysts give Microsoft credit for having a solid Blob storage offering and enterprise focus, but say the company is an innovation laggard behind AWS.

Trailing Amazon and Microsoft are Google and IBM SoftLayer, but Gartner says both of those companies public cloud storage offerings have shortfalls compared to the two leaders. Google is working to appeal its offering to enterprise customers, while IBM has undifferentiated offerings for this market.