When Google scored a $400 million to $600 million deal to supply cloud services to Apple last week, according to multiple reports, it was widely viewed as a coup for the search giant’s cloud business.
And why not? Apple, which has been relying mainly on Amazon Web Services as well as Microsoft’s Azure to run part of its iCloud and other services, is a marquee reference customer. It will get Google in the door of just about every big company–and, not incidentally, throw a little shade on its rivals.
But the big win obscures a stark reality for Google’s Cloud Platform: At just $500 million in revenues according to Morgan Stanley estimates, it trails far behind AWS’s $7.9 billion reported revenues in 2015, and it’s even a distant third behind Azure’s $1.1 billion in estimated sales. ..
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Original contribution by – Robert Hof