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New Flexera State of the Cloud Report: AWS vs Azure, Cost Problems, More

Here are several takeaways from the findings to help you keep building your cloud business.

Kelly Teal

March 8, 2023

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Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure remain in a neck-and-neck battle for cloud supremacy. That’s according to the findings in the latest Flexera State of the Cloud Report, released on Wednesday.

Flexera, which sells platforms for managing IT resources, started publishing its annual cloud report 12 years ago. Last year, the Flexera State of the Cloud Report showed that Azure had actually passed AWS. We aren’t going to spoil the 2023 results for you, but you’ll want to check out the very first slide in the slideshow above to see where the two cloud giants now stand.

The other critical topics that are top of mind for end users (and therefore should be for partners, too) are cloud spending, security and the economy. Some of the stats, though, may surprise you.

Flexera surveyed 750 IT professionals and executives around the world in late 2022; from this, they reached the conclusions discussed in the 2023 State of the Cloud Report. The company says its participants come from a rigorously maintained and vetted independent panel of respondents.

In the slideshow above, Channel Futures chose not to cover every single part of the Flexera 2023 State of the Cloud Report, because of the size and breadth. Instead, we’ve chunked down some of the more impactful takeaways we think will help cloud-centric partners better understand end users — as well as the open channel opportunities at hand.

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Kelly Teal

Contributing Editor, Channel Futures

Kelly Teal has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist, editor and analyst, with longtime expertise in the indirect channel. She worked on the Channel Partners magazine staff for 11 years. Kelly now is principal of Kreativ Energy LLC.

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