Four US firms rule the world’s cloud infrastructure

There are plenty of companies vying for a piece of the worldwide cloud infrastructure market, but the top four — all in the U.S. — currently dominate by such a wide margin as to effectively leave their competitors in the dust.

That’s the overriding conclusion of a study released Monday by Synergy Research Group, which provides quarterly market tracking and segmentation data, including vendor revenues by segment and region.

Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, IBM, and Google collectively control more than half of the worldwide cloud infrastructure service market, Synergy found, with an overwhelming lead by AWS, which held a 31 percent share in the second quarter. Microsoft came next with 11 percent, while IBM weighed in at 8 percent, and Google came in with 5 percent.

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How Cloud Infrastructure Helped Instacart Focus on Business Growth

Instacart was founded in July 2012 with a new solution to an old problem—how to get groceries delivered fast. But instead of investing millions in infrastructure—forging relationships with distributors, building warehouses, amassing a fleet of trucks and drivers—the startup instead worked with existing resources, partnering with grocery stores and contracting with individual “personal shoppers” to pick up and deliver orders. And when it came to the technology backbone to support the YCombinator-incubated business, Instacart also eschewed investing its own infrastructure and personnel instead embracing hosted options first from Heroku and now from Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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