Windows Azure on the Move
Microsoft's might be well behind Amazon with its cloud initiatives but it's gaining ground... and by the looks of it, pretty fast.
The company announced this week that its Windows Azure platform now stores 8.5 trillion objects on its infrastructure. The Azure service is also doubling its compute and storage every six months and over 3.2 million organizations have Active Directory accounts (with 68 million users) and over 900,000 storage transactions are performed each second.
Announced at its recent Build Conference, Microsoft now counts more than 50 percent of the worlds's Fortune 500 companies as users of Windows Azure. Solely based on the numbers reported, one would think that Azure is on par in terms of size with Amazon S3 but there is apparently some difference in how the companies report "objects" so Amazon may in fact still be far larger than Azure.
That being said however, Azure is gaining ground. A report from Nasuni back in March 2013 revealed that Microsoft Windows's Azure Storage outperformed Amazon S3. Nasuni testing the speed, availability and scalability of the top five public cloud storage providers and found that Azure surpassed Amazon in every single category.