Amazon and Google not happy with Microsoft’s cloud changes – Vophs

Microsoft’s recent changes to its cloud contracts aren’t going over well with others. Tech behemoths.

Microsoft has decided. Modify the terms of its licensing agreements.Makes it easy for customers to run Microsoft software on cloud platforms beyond their own Azure. According to Microsoft, the changes will “enable new scenarios for how they can license and run workloads with infrastructure outsourcers” and are about to take effect. Starting October 1..

The new flexible virtualization benefits, intended to benefit smaller EU-based cloud service providers, exclude certain “listed providers” such as Alibaba, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft itself.

Alphabet, the parent company of Amazon and Google, criticized Microsoft’s cloud computing changes, saying they “limit competition and discourage customers from switching to rival cloud service providers.” Reuters reported..

But Microsoft likely doesn’t care what its rivals think β€” the plans are aimed at winning over EU antitrust regulators. They have not reacted yet.

A brief history

On February 1, 2010, when Microsoft launched Azure, it was among the trailblazers in the sector. Amazon Web Services (AWS) debuted much later in 2006 and Google Cloud in 2008.

While 95% of Fortune 500 companies Using Azure, maintaining a stronghold for the service has never been easier. AWS has quickly climbed to the top of the charts.

Complicating matters further, Microsoft is facing a flood of complaints in Europe. In 2019, European Union antitrust regulators launched an investigation against the Washington-based firm after several smaller European competitors complained that Microsoft’s licensing terms made it so. Prohibition is more expensive To run Microsoft software such as Office on a cloud platform other than Azure itself.

Microsoft’s move aims to Satisfy those critics.but drew ire from other tech giants.


“The promise of the cloud is flexible, flexible computing without contractual lock-in. Users should be able to freely move across platforms and choose the technology that works best for them, rather than what works best for Microsoft.” At Google Cloud, we believe openness is important, and we continue to earn customer trust by promoting the security, cost, and benefits of using multiple cloud providers. They do this by avoiding locking out their customers and competing on the merits of their technologies. Marcus Jadote, vice president of government affairs and policy at Google Cloud

By numbers

€1.6 billion ($1.6 billion): That’s how much Microsoft has been fined by EU antitrust regulators over the past decade.

32, 19, and 7: Cloud market share is dominated by AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud, respectively.

715 million: Microsoft Azure users worldwide (as of 2017)

200: Microsoft Azure products

Fun fact

The Microsoft cloud is connected by enough fiber to stretch to the moon and back. Three times.

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