A fascinating industry that has rapidly gained traction over the last several years is cloud computing. It’s undoubtedly a significant highlight of modern technology that’s allowed companies and consumers to achieve digital feats that otherwise felt impossible.
For a quick, somewhat simplistic definition, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services – including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence – over the internet to offer accelerated innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale.
The “cloud” is incredibly secure, fast, and reliable. In addition, it eliminates the need to buy expensive hardware.
Three big players in the cloud computing realm include Amazon (
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Let’s dig deeper into each company.
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon’s (
AMZN Quick Quote AMZN - Free Report) cloud service, is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. The service has millions of customers, including fast-growing startups, large enterprises, and leading government agencies.
In addition, Nasdaq has shared its multi-year partnership to migrate its markets onto AWS to become the world’s first fully enabled, cloud-based exchange – undoubtedly a major positive.
In the company’s latest quarterly print, AWS net sales came in at a strong $19.7 billion, a solid 7% increase from the prior quarter and a sizable 33% year-over-year increase.
The long-term growth of AWS is even more impressive – for the current fiscal year, AWS is forecasted to rake in $81.8 billion in net sales, a remarkable 370% increase from 2017 annual net sales of $17.4 billion.
Furthermore, AWS will significantly aid the company’s top-line – Amazon is forecasted to rake in a mighty $524 billion in revenue in FY22, notching a notable 11.6% year-over-year uptick from FY21. Below is a chart illustrating the company’s revenue on an annual basis.
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MSFT Quick Quote MSFT - Free Report) Azure is the company’s cloud computing service. It’s the only consistent hybrid cloud, delivering unparalleled developer productivity and comprehensive, multilayered security. Azure is available in more than 60 regions globally.
In its latest quarter, Intelligent Cloud revenue was reported at $20.9 billion, an impressive 20% year-over-year uptick. In addition, server products and cloud services revenue grew 22%, driven by Azure.
Of course, the growth is projected to continue at a breakneck pace – for the company’s current fiscal year, Intelligent Cloud revenue is forecasted to climb to $91 billion, reflecting a 21% double-digit uptick year-over-year.
Additionally, MSFT believes that cloud technology will be a critical growth driver of its top line in the future, and projections reflect that; for the current fiscal year (FY23), Microsoft is forecasted to rake in $219 billion in revenue, a rock-solid 11% year-over-year uptick.
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GOOGL Quick Quote GOOGL - Free Report) cloud offerings include Google Cloud Platform and Google Workspace, which are continuously gaining momentum in the booming cloud computing market.
Google Cloud consists of a set of physical assets, such as computers and hard disk drives, and virtual resources, such as virtual machines (VMs), that are contained in Google's data centers around the globe.
In the tech titan’s latest quarterly print, Google Cloud revenue was reported at $6.3 billion, good enough for a solid 9% increase from the prior quarter and a double-digit 37% year-over-year increase.
In addition, Google Cloud revenue is forecasted to continue its growth trajectory, with the $26.8 billion revenue estimate for the current fiscal year displaying an impressive 40% uptick year-over-year.
Alphabet has stated multiple times that the cloud will be a long-term focus. In its latest quarter, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet, said, “On Cloud, we continue to see strong momentum, the substantial market opportunity here, and it still feels like the early stages of this transformation.”
Like MSFT and AMZN, the cloud is expected to drive top-line growth. For the company’s current fiscal year, revenue is forecasted to surge 12%, up to $237.7 billion.
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Cloud computing is a fascinating industry that’s taken off over the last several years. While many believe that we’re still in the early stages of this transformation, Microsoft, Amazon, and Alphabet have all been at the forefront, getting in “early.”
It also represents an exciting investment opportunity, as cloud computing segments have consistently registered serious growth. Moving forward, the projections look even more robust.
For investors seeking exposure to a rapidly expanding industry, Amazon (
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