AWS, Oracle Cloud, and Tencent Cloud all announced that they brought new regions online last week. AWS added a new Middle East region in Bahrain, Oracle unveiled their Mumbai region in India, and Tencent Cloud has officially entered Japan with their Tokyo region.
What does this mean?
The battle for cloud supremacy is far from over.
Why should we care?
All of the clouds are continuing to grow by expanding into new regions and adding more zones to existing regions, allowing them to address a growing demand for cloud.
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Earlier this year, IBM Cloud added its “ap-south” multi-zone availability region in Sydney, Australia, Microsoft Azure added two South Africa regions, Alibaba Cloud doubled its capacity in Indonesia by adding a new availability zone, and Huawei Cloud opened a region in Singapore.
A McKinsey study funded by IBM surveyed large organizations from North America and Europe conducted from September 2014-March 2016 found, at that time, these organizations were less than 20% migrated to the public cloud. That being said, we can expect these cloud providers to grow exponentially as businesses worldwide continue to migrate to the cloud.
Does AWS, which currently is the leading cloud provider, have an insurmountable lead? No, not by far – global competition for cloud customers will only intensify over the next few years.